Development Control Plan (DCP)

Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP) came into force on 21 August 2006. The WDCP applies to all land in Willoughby and all types of development.

The WDCP is supplementary to Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs). If there is any inconsistency between the WDCP and WLEP 2012, WLEP 2012 will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

Read the full DCP

A Development Control Plan specifies detailed guidelines and environmental standards for new development, which need to be considered in preparing a Development Application. The WDCP provides a layered approach – some parts are relevant to all development, some to specific types of development, and some to specific land.

  • All development must take into account the controls contained within Part C - General Development Guidelines.
  • The next level of control is based on development type. For example, if the proposal is for a residential flat building, then the relevant controls in Part D2 - Specific Controls for Residential Development will need to be considered. Other parts are Part E Commercial and Shop Top Housing Development, Part F Industrial Zones, Part G Controls for Specific Development Types etc.
  • In all cases, it must be established whether a proposal involves works to an identified heritage item, works within a heritage conservation area, or works within the vicinity of a heritage item.
  • In these cases, the controls and guidelines within Part H - Controls for Heritage Items and Conservation Areas, will apply. These heritage controls take precedence if there is any inconsistency with other controls within the Plan.
  • It is important that all applicants also check Part I - Controls for Specific Sites/Areas. This part contains specific controls for defined sites within Willoughby. As with the heritage controls, in the event of any inconsistency between the specific controls in Part I and other controls in the WDCP, the controls in Part I take precedence.