Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
Confirm the consent authority
The state government and the City of Sydney approve development in our area.
Review planning controls
Your development will need to align with the site’s characteristics and the planning controls that apply to it.
- Find your site on our interactive map.
- Planning instruments that apply to the local area.
- DCPs provide detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the local environmental plans.
Built environmentOur plans and policies provide an urban planning framework for development and conservation in the local area.
Ask for advice from the City of Sydney
Our help with the development application process includes general planning advice, pre-lodgement advice for large or more complex developments, and guidance around our digital and physical model requirements.
Check our application requirements
Review what supporting documents must accompany your application, how to prepare digital files, scale models and the need for gifts and donation disclosure.
To prepare your application, you may also need to enlist a specialist such as an architect, engineer or land surveyor.
Development applicationsLearn which plans and supporting documents you need to provide with your development application.
Design codes & technical specificationsDigital requirements for electronic copies of plans and documents to accompany your application.Published 2 December 2021
Design codes & technical specificationsAny development that involves changes to the building envelope of the city centre requires physical and 3D (electronic) modelling to be included with the development application.Published 30 January 2019
Development applicationsOfferings to City of Sydney councillors, their party, employees or contractors must be declared when making or commenting on a planning application.
PoliciesFees for all chargeable services, requests, applications, approvals, licences, hire bookings and memberships.Published 1 July 2022
Make your application
Applications are made through the NSW Planning Portal.