Development application guide

Development application guide

Online lodgements are here to stay

The NSW Planning Portal is accepting most development applications.

Find out which applications need to be lodged online.

We'll continue to accept all other applications by email. Download your application form here.

General planning advice is by phone only.

How to put your DA together

Before you can make changes to a building or occupy premises in the local area you may need to lodge a development application (DA). The City of Sydney's online guide provides everything you need to know about the application process.

When a DA is required

Find out whether your work needs approval.

Getting advice

We offer different types of appointments to help you with your development application.

Application process

There are different stages involved as part of the development application process.

Application requirements

Depending on your application, there may be document, digital and model requirements.

Consent authorities

Visit this section to view a map showing the relevant consent authorities for development across the City.

Heritage conservation

The City has many systems and projects to ensure our rich heritage is preserved.

Environmental sustainability

As Sydney grows it is increasingly important to design and build efficient and environmentally clever buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation.

Consent modifications

After your DA has been determined, if you need to make changes to the development consent provided by the relevant authority, find out what is required.

Decision reviews

If you are dissatisfied with a decision made about your DA you may be able to request a review of the determination.

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2020