Inner West Council

Development Applications

Development Advisory Services

Inner West Council offers a number of advisory services if you are thinking of carrying out any development including:

  • demolition of a building;
  • additions or renovations to your home or commercial premises;
  • change of use of a building; or
  • a large development such as townhouses or apartment/commercial construction

Find out more about our Development Advisory Services here

Before making any changes to your property, large or small, please contact Ashfield Council to discuss your proposal. Council’s experienced and helpful staff will explain the relevant Plans and Policies which apply to you depending on zoning of the land and the proposed nature of works.

What is a DA?

A DA is a formal request for permission to carry out proposed development, such as change of use of land, subdivide land, carry out building, landscaping and other work. You must lodge a DA and have it approved by Council before you begin. Generally, a DA consists of

  • Plans and drawings of the proposed development
  • A Statement of Environmental Effects and other related documentation
  • An application form

Generally speaking any building work in heritage conservation areas or affecting properties that are heritage items needs Council approval, and depending on the type, height and size of structure you propose to build you may also need consent even if you live outside these areas.

For example, all front fences over 1 metre in height need Council approval, as do larger satellite dishes. You will need to lodge a development application with Council for any proposal that is likely to generate environmental impacts and involves construction work. The information on this web site is designed to help you understand the steps to take when lodging a DA.

What makes a good DA?

Good developments, whether small or large, succeed because projects are well conceived as part of a thorough site analysis process, have been designed having regard to Council’s planning rules and are well documented to enable Assessment Staff to carry out assessments.  For major applications, the process is not simple and may benefit from the employment of expert consultants such as planners, architects and other relevant experts.

It is good practice to consult with your neighbours or other persons or bodies that may be affected by your development.  Issues can be identified at an early stage and addressed as part of your planning process.

You, or your architect, should not commence the design of a project until you have completed your site analysis, have read and fully understand the planning rules and have consulted with those who may be affected.

If you don't get it right at the planning stage you will not get it right on the site!