Do I need to lodge a DA?
Find out whether you are required to lodge a development application to Council for development or building works you would like to undertake.
Access Council's Development Application tracker by clicking here.
Enquiries and advice
Contact us if you wish to use our duty service or arrange a pre-lodgement meeting to assist with your development or building enquiry.
Tracking your application
DA Tracker is an easy to use tool that enables the community to monitor the status and history of development and building applications within Port Stephens
Some minor development types can be classified as exempt development and do not require approval if they meet certain criteria (e.g. pergolas, fences and some home businesses). Find out more to see if your development is exempt.
Complying development is a fast track approval process for straight forward developments such as new dwellings or additions / alterations. Identify if your proposal meets the criteria for complying development.
The DA guide is designed to help you understand each step in the development assessment process of getting Council approval for your development proposal. The guide is designed to clarify what information is required to provide you with the support you need to achieve your development aspirations.