1. Provisional Development Application
Ashfield Council has introduced a new Development Application Lodgement Process aimed at reducing processing times and assist applicants with the submission of their Development Application.
The manner in which the new service will operate is that, you can submit your completed Development Application at Council’s customer service counter without the need to pay the Development Application fee at this stage and also there will be no checking of your submission at the counter which means that you can simply submit your application with no questions asked. An acknowledgment letter containing an identification number will be issued confirming your submission. Always use this identification number as a reference whenever you need to contact Council about your submission.
Council’s planning staff will then review your submission in detail before it is formally accepted and processed. The aim of this is to assist you in lodging the necessary information and documentation with a view that the DA can be determined efficiently without delays thus enabling you to proceed with the project on hand.
Within 10 days of the initial lodgement, Council will inform you in writing of next steps in having your application processed which is likely to include:-
2. Assessment of your Development Application
Once your submission is converted into a formal Development Application, it is assigned a Development Application reference number. Behind the scenes there is a lot of data entry and statutory record keeping requirements. The file also needs to be physically created and registered. An Assessment Officer from the Development Assessment Services area of Council will be assigned to process your DA.
Your application is then:
The application is advertised for a 2 to 3 week period depending on the nature of the proposal, during which Council will accept submissions from the public. The officer assessing the application will decide whether the proposal follows Council's planning controls, whether the plans should be amended and whether to recommend approval of the application by the Council. Submissions regarding the development are taken into account at this stage.
After the notification period is over an Assessment Officer will complete your DA assessment. This process will take account of statutory requirements, Council's adopted codes and policies and any submissions from the public that may have been received.
If all submissions have been considered and resolved, and your application generally complies with Council's development standards it may be approved without going to a Council meeting. Otherwise applications may be referred to a Council meeting for a decision. Usually applications are decided by a meeting of Councillors but if they need more information to come to a decision, then the application may become a deferred item a site meeting or in-house meeting of the parties involved takes place
Council meetings have full power to make decisions regarding all Development Applications which are considered. The applicant will receive a letter from the Council within approximately one week of the decision being made. If the DA has been approved the letter will containing development consent and stamp approved plans or direction to pick up the consent and stamped plans from Council's Customer Service Centre (monies may need to be paid at this time), if the application has been refused, the determination will be posted to the applicant. All interested parties that lodged a submission during the assessment period will receive a letter advising them of the determination.
Any one of these experts or external referral bodies may require additional information from the Applicant. If this is necessary, we will communicate this to you as soon as we are made aware of the necessity for such information.
Ashfield Council will determine whether your development application is approved or refused, usually at a Council Meeting. Council officers can determine some development applications under delegated authority of the Council.
5. Once your Development Application is Approved or Refused
Once Council has determined your DA, either by approval with certain conditions or refusal, you will be advised in writing of the decision.
Conditions attached to an approval may include:
Applicants who are unhappy with a decision can apply to have Council review its decision or can appeal to the Land and Environment Court. The Duty Officer will explain the process. However there are fees payable.