Development application process
Prior to lodging a development application with Council, there are a number of factors you should check off first, find out more.
Types of development
Depending on the scope of your development proposal, the type of use and what controls apply, there may be different avenues in the application process.
Need DA advice? Find out how to use our duty counter service or arrange a pre-lodgement meeting to help with your development or building enquiry.
Council's development advice aims to provide answers to many frequently asked questions about development in Port Stephens.
Access Council's DA Tracker, planning maps and the NSW Planning Portal. Find out how to lodge your DA electronically.
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.