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Electronic lodgement of DA applications

Council is working towards making the lodgement of development and building applications as convenient and environmentally friendly as possible.

In NSW in 2013 there were approximately 57,000 DAs determined. Conservatively speaking, if the average DA was approximately 150 pages and eight copies were provided, that equates to a staggering 68.4 million sheets of paper, or 8,240 trees and 1,892 tonnes of carbon dioxide in one year.

From 1 June 2015 your development and building applications (DAs, Section 96 applications, Complying Development Certificates, Construction Certificates, Subdivision Certificates, Occupation Certificates etc) can be lodged to Port Stephens Council in electronic format. This also applies to certificates and supporting documentation (CC's, Oc's, CDC's) lodged by private certifiers for record keeping purposes.

Electronic lodgment of development and building applications means that, in most cases, you do not need to provide any paper copies of your supporting documentation if you have produced them in A3 or a smaller size. If your plans are A2 or bigger, you just have to provide one additional paper copy of the plans.

Please follow the Guidelines on how to prepare your electronic application and check the FAQ and DA Guide for more information.

You may lodge your electronic DA, building application or certificates (assessed by a private certifier) by:

  • CD or USB device: put all the required documentation in a CD or USB device and provide it to us:
    • Over the counter at Council's Administration Building at 116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace or
    • Via Australia Post posted to the following address:
      Port Stephens Council
      PO Box 42