Development Applications

Pre-Lodgement Advisory Service

If you are thinking of lodging an application for development, at Council we offer a pre lodgement development advisory service where you can meet with one of Council's development planning officers to discuss your proposal and find out about the process for obtaining a development approval.

This service includes preliminary advice on the matters you will need to address and the information and plans that are required to submit your development application.

Currently this service is free of charge and Council encourages you to take advantage of this to avoid delays in assessment and determination of applications.

Pre-lodgement meetings enable you to understand up front what is involved so that you are better placed to get your development approved quickly.

Preliminary advice can also be obtained by  telephone. 


Procedures for Applications for Development

Council uses electronic lodgement of Development Applications (DA), Construction Certificates (CC) and Complying Development Applications (CDC) through the NSW Planning Portal. This online service allows applicants to track their DA’s, CC’s and CDC’s and streamline the application process. 

Applicants can create an account and then lodge their DA’s, CC’s and CDC’s. For further information or for assistance please contact our Planning & Environment Department staff.

The portal also has some great step by step guides available on their website including how to set up an account and lodge an application:

Council encourages all applicants to arrange a pre lodgement meeting with the Planning & Environment staff to ensure all required paperwork is ready before lodgement.

These are the steps you should follow:

  1. Contact our Development Team on 1300 676 243 to discuss your application and to obtain a fee quote.
  2. Visit the NSW Planning Portal to lodge your DA, CC or CDC online (see instructions below).
  3. Register for a NSW Planning Portal account to start your application.
  4. Log in to complete the online application form.
  5. For DA’s and CC's you will need to submit a State of Environmental Effects, owner's consent, cost estimate report as well as all necessary plans and documents outlined in council’s applications checklist
  6. For CDC’s you will need to submit a certificate of title, site plan, design plans, structural plans and building specifications and applications checklist
  7. Once we receive your application, Council will do a preliminary assessment and contact you to arrange payment of fees or request additional information.
  8. Once Council is satisfied with the information provided and fees are paid, your application can be receipted.




Application Tracking

Applications made through the portal can be viewed here. Simply select Murrumbidgee Council from the drop down box.


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