Development and Building checklists
The planning system in New South Wales can at times seem overwhelming and complex, so Council staff have developed some checklists to help you get all the right documentation in order before you lodge an application online.
You can download the checklist by name below.
We’ve also given a brief overview of the application steps involved relating to certificate/application types (such as DA’s or construction certificates) on our certificates and applications page here.
If you have any questions you can contact council staff on 1300 087 004 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff are here to help!
Estimated cost of works
You'll also find an estimated cost of works document below. This details what matters should be taken into consideration when calculating Development Application (DA) fees.
If you have worked through the checklist for your specific application and have all of the information required for your development, you can lodge your application online at the NSW Planning Portal. A copy of your completed checklist must be uploaded to the portal with all your other documentation.
Applicants must create, or have, an account to lodge an application.
Please find below the checklists for a number of building or development applications you may be submitting via the Planning Portal. These need to be submitted as a supporting document with your application.
Please make sure you save the downloadable PDF checklist to your computer locally so that you can ensure all your notes/checkboxes are saved and the signature field saves correctly.
Statement of Environmental Effects
A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) may be used for development proposals which require a development application, and which is development not classed as 'designated development' or 'State significant development'.
Complete SEE form
Fire safety statements
Fire safety statements must be issued using a standard template form published by the NSW Government.
Following the commencement of the Fire Protection Australia (FPAA) accreditation scheme for accredited practitioners (fire safety), the department has updated the fire safety statement form. The new standard template form applies to all fire safety statements issued from 1 March 2021.
Note: Building owners should check the date on which their fire safety statement is likely to be issued before selecting the relevant form and preparing the statement.
For statements to be issued on or after 1 March 2021, use Version 3.1 of the template form:
For statements issued on or after 1 September 2022, use Version 4.0 of the template form:
To assist building owners and practitioners apply the requirements of the Regulation relating to fire safety statements, the Department has published a range of frequently asked questions.
The frequently asked questions also provide a high-level overview of some important components of the NSW legislation relating to fire safety in existing buildings.