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Do I need to lodge a DA?

Before you undertake any development or building works, you will need to determine if you need approval from Council.

Exempt development

Certain types of development do not need approval from Council. They usually consist in minor building renovations or projects such as decks, garden sheds, carport, fences, repair of a window or painting a house.

Complying development

Complying development needs to be assessed and approved by Council, but you don't need to lodge a full development application.

If your development is considered complying, you need to submit a Complying Development  Application Form available on our A-Z Forms Page.

When you need to lodge a Development Application (DA)

If your development doesn't fall into the exempt or complying development categories, you will need to lodge a DA with Council. Visit our Enquires and advice page and learn how you can tap into useful advice that will help with the process.

Assistance and information

If you need assistance with your complying development application or determining whether you need to lodge a DA, contact our Customer Relations Team on 4988 0255 from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, or email us at council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au