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Development Application enquiries

If you are required to lodge a Development Application (DA), we aim to work with you towards a successful outcome as quickly and cost-effectively as possible by offering pre-lodgement advice.

The benefits of pre-lodgement advice include:

  • understanding early in the process what it is you are trying to achieve
  • agreement on what is required, as well as what is possible on the proposed development site
  • access to all the professionals who may be involved in assessing your application at an early stage, to save you time and money in preparing your application

If you have enquiries, you can obtain general building and planning advice from Council officers, including where to find relevant information and what documentation is required to be submitted with your application.

Here's how you can tap into our advice:

Duty Counter Advice

If you are not sure about any aspect of your application, we offer free advice over the counter at our Administration Building, or over the phone from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

This option is recommended for less complex matters such as dwellings, dual occupancy development and minor residential works such as swimming pools, sheds, carports, garages and the like.

To utilise this service, please contact the Duty Development Planner or Duty Building Surveyor on (02) 4988 0255, or call into Council's Administration Building.

Pre-Lodgement Meetings

For more complex matters, it is recommended that you attend a pre-lodgement meeting with our staff.

Depending on the scope of your proposed development, we can arrange for you to get general advice from our planners, building surveyors, engineers and ecologists.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify the relevant statutory requirements to be addressed and highlight potential issues that may arise during the assessment process to enable a more efficient assessment timeframe. Our staff cannot prepare your development documentation or provide legal advice.

The pre-lodgment meetings are held at Council’s Administration Building weekly and are free of charge. Should you wish to obtain minutes from the meeting, a fee is charged in accordance with Council's Schedule of Fees and Charges. To make an appointment, contact us on 02 4988 0255 and complete the DA Pre-lodgement application form.

Frequently asked questions

Council's development advice aims to provide answers to many frequently asked questions about development in the Port Stephens Local Government Area and aims to help you get started on your development. View our DA advice FAQs.