Development Applications in Coffs Harbour

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Development Applications in Coffs Harbour

Most development proposals, exempt and complying development, require approval from Council before they can proceed.  This is known as development consent. 

To obtain development consent you need to lodge a development application with Council.

The NSW Government's Development Application Guide explains the process and assists you in preparing and lodging a Development Application with Council.

Before submitting a development application, you should check whether the development is feasible by referring to:

Below is a table illustrating the Development Application Process.

Research

Pre-Application Consultation

  • Read the notes for completing a development application.
  • If necessary, discuss your proposal with the development planner or building surveyor; arrange a meeting with the Technical Liaison Committee if appropriate.

Preparation and Lodgement of Application and Initial Administration

  • Complete all required forms and checklists.
  • Include owners consent and all required fees.
  • Ensure all required information is included e.g. Statement of Effects and one set of plans.
  • See the information sheet for completing a development application.
  • Lodge the form with Council at our Customer Service Centre, or by mail.
  • Council reviews the information provided, advises you of any additional information required.

Referrals and Notifications

  • Adjoining owners notified if required, newspaper notice if required.
  • External referrals, e.g. Department of Primary Industries, Roads and Maritime Services.
  • Internal referrals, e.g. engineering, environmental health.
  • Submissions from public and internal/external referrals received.

Assessment

  • Site inspection, planning assessment.
  • Liaison with applicant if required.

Determination

  • Decision by Council officer under delegation, or by Councillors at a formal meeting, in which case you may address the meeting if you wish.
  • Formal notices to applicant and people who make submissions.

Development

  • Construction certificate before work commences, issued either by Council or private certifier.
  • Inspections during construction.
  • Final inspection, all conditions satisfied.
  • Occupation certificate issued.