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Lodge your development application online

It's now easier than ever to lodge and track your Development Application (DA) or modification to consent online through the NSW Planning Portal.

The NSW Government requires all DAs for Port Stephens Council to now be submitted online.

This system currently supports the lodgement of Construction Certificates, Occupation Certificates, Subdivision Certificates or Complying Development Certificates. However, residents and building certifiers can still use the existing email process to lodge these types of applications.

For subdivision certificate applications, one signed/stamped original copy of the Administration Sheet, Linen plan and 88B instrument (if applicable) is required, as well as an electronic copy.

How to lodge your DA online

Frequently asked questions

The NSW Government requires all NSW councils to use the NSW Planning Portal for all applications.

Port Stephens Council had to adopt this system by 31 December 2020.

The change to online planning and building applications enables all of us to:

  • improve convenience and customer service
  • reduce printing, posting and storage costs
  • reduce the use of paper, helping us to be more environmentally friendly
  • streamline the development assessment process
  • enhance public transparency
  • improve communication between our Council and the applicant.

No, unfortunately we can no longer accept paper or email applications.

Yes. Routine and proactive release of information will be made available in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Some documents may be published on our Council's DA Tracker website during exhibition periods.

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Need help?

While Council staff cannot prepare your documentation or provide legal advice, we can offer tips on where to find relevant information and what documentation is required. We aim to work with you towards a successful outcome as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Development application process

The DA process can seem complicated. Let us step you through the process.

Development application FAQs

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Development application enquiries

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