Avoiding assessment delays

Follow these helpful tips to reduce delays in the assessment process for your development application.

Get advice early

Upfront advice can save you time. By seeking advice in the early stages of a proposal, you can ensure you address all the identified development issues. This can improve the quality of your application. It can also streamline timeframes and reduce costs.

Development advice can help you understand what supporting information you may need to provide. We can also explain the process and clarify timeframes. As part of this service we can identify specific technical issues, and relevant legislative and planning scheme requirements.

We recommend you contact development services to confirm which service best fits your proposal.

Provide sufficient information

Reduce delays by:

  • fulfilling the "properly made" requirements detailed on the development assessment forms, to address the planning scheme overlays (e.g. bushfire or geotechnical report),
  • providing legible sized plans with detailed information,
  • providing adequate and sufficient supporting information and technical reports,
  • addressing the requirements of assessment benchmarks - use our helpful code checklists,
  • ensuring reports and plans do not contain conflicting information.

Council's development advice service can assist you with preparing your information.

Respond to conditions of an existing approval

When you are lodging an application for operational work associated with an existing, higher order development approval, it is vital you address the conditions of approval. By responding to these conditions as part of the operational work application, you will save time and ensure reports and plans do not contain conflicting information.

Good quality plans

Plans submitted as part of an application should be prepared by a qualified design consultant.

They should show all dimensions, heights and setbacks from boundaries. Include all details required by the relevant application forms.