Lodge your application online All applications and certificate requests can be lodged electronically.

Forming a development proposal

Every good design works from the character and conditions of the land.

Before you begin to design your proposal find out whether the type of development proposed is permissible in the zone. For this, you will need to refer to the maps under Property Map Search and then permissible land uses in the relevant Local Environmental Plan (LEP) under Planning Rules.

The maps also reference building heights, floor space ratios, building setbacks, etc. They identify whether the property has environmentally sensitive vegetation, it is a heritage item, or on bushfire prone land. The maps relate to the LEP. The LEP sets out the objectives of the zone and other matters that need to be considered. The Development Control Plan (DCP) then provides detailed controls based on the zoning of the land, whether are any protected areas and the type of development proposed.

Once you known the constraints of the site and the development standards you can start to design your proposal.

Do I need approval?

Many types of home renovations and minor building projects don't need approval. These types of projects are called exempt development. As long as the building project meets specific standards and land requirements no planning or building approval is needed.

Find out if your planned renovation or building project needs approval.

Do I qualify for fast track approval?

If your proposed development or renovations are complying development they qualify for a fast track approval process. You'll need to apply for a complying development certificate (CDC). This can be issued by Council or a private certifier.

Find out if you qualify for complying development.

If it is not exempt or complying you will need development approval

If your proposed building work or renovation is not exempt or complying development you’ll need to submit a development application (DA). Forms are below. Information on the types of plans and documents that you may need to support your proposal are outlined in the Development Control Plans.

All applications to Council can be lodged online. Lodge a development application / construction certificate via our website. You can also lodge the agreement to appoint Council as the principal certifying authority for construction inspections.

Construction certificates (CC) and inspections

The development considers all the planning rules, the construction certificate certifies that the plans and specifications meet building codes and Australian Standards. Construction certificates and inspections undertaken during construction can be managed by Council or private certifier.

To find out more about our complying development, construction certificate and inspections service see Blue Mountains Building Certifiers.

Application plans and documents are published online

You can track and view the progress of an application online. Information collected on lodgement of development-related applications is published online. This includes copies of plans and supporting documents. To protect individual privacy the following is generally obscured where found:

  • Personal contact details
  • Signatures
  • Personal financial information
  • Photos depicting people
  • Internal floor plans of residential development
  • Personal health and medical information
  • Commercial information, if it is likely to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it or reveal a trade secret.

The contents of the website are subject to copyright and are protected by laws in Australia and other countries through international treaties. During the planning and assessment phase an applicant (not being the copyright owner) is taken to have indemnified all persons using the development application in accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning Assessment Act, against any claim or action in respect of breach of copyright.

Other development related approvals

There are other types of approvals issued by the Council – onsite sewage management systems, installation of fuel heaters, etc. Where they are covered by a development consent separate approval is not required.

Any work within the road reserve will require separate approval. Whether that be opening the road for services, installing a driveway crossing; erecting a hoarding, using a crane or placing a skip bin on a footway. See works in the road reserve.

Modifying a consent or certificate

If you need to make changes to your design and / or seek to change a condition of consent you will need to apply for a modification. Forms are below.

Surrender a consent or existing land use

You can also surrender a consent or existing land use that no longer applies to the land. Forms are below.

Calculate the cost of development

The building cost calculator can assist you to estimate the cost of building works. We use it to determine fees that are based on the value of works. Alternatively, applicants can supply a quote or contract from a licensed builder or Quantity Surveyor.

Costs associated with drainage, landscaping and road works etc are added to the building works costs, to give the total cost of the development.

  • Costs relate to level sites.
  • Area is measured over the external walls of the building.
  • Figures supplied are based on 0% adjustment to Sydney prices.
  • The calculator is based on information published by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (NSW Chapter, REED Construction Data (Cordells Building Cost Guide) and Archicentre Ltd.