Development Application (DA) Process

These pages provide a summary of the development process at Willoughby City Council. Council wishes to inform residents and any other interested persons about the steps in the process and, particularly, how and when they can be involved.

Important Notice

Electronic Application Requirements

All Development Applications, Section 96 Modification Applications, Construction Certificate Applications and Complying Development Certificate Applications should now be accompanied by a CD / DVD or USB containing a copy of individual plans, reports and other documentation lodged with the application.

Please note that applications without a correctly formatted digital data disc (CD / DVD or USB) will not be accepted after 1 January 2016.

Please refer to Council’s Electronic Application Requirements  for further information.

Need to talk to someone about your plans?

Our officers can help you identify any changes that may be required or issues that must be resolved before you can lodge your application. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I determine what is allowed on my site?
What is a DA and why do I need one?
What do I need to consider when planning a development?
What sustainability measures should I consider when planning a development?
What if my DA doesn’t comply with a guideline?
What are the steps in lodging a DA?
What happens after I lodge my DA?
Who gets told about my DA and why?
How do I comment on someone else’s DA?
How do I know if a DA is going to a Council Meeting?
How long does my development consent last for?
How do I appeal Council’s decision?
BASIX Certificate
Disclosure of Political Donations
Required Documentation
What are Council’s Electronic Application Requirements?
Statement of Environmental Effects
Supplementary Information
Unauthorised building work