When is a Development Application required?

When is a Development Application required?

A Development Application is required to be lodged with Liverpool City Council if you intend to do any of the following:

  • Erect a new building or structure,
  • Erect a swimming pool, pergola, shed, tennis court, retaining wall, cubby house, or any other type of outbuilding,
  • Demolish a building,
  • Make alterations to, demolish or damage, either internally or externally a place that is a heritage item or item of heritage significance,
  • Add to or alter an existing building,
  • Subdivide land or a building into Torrens title, strata title or community title,
  • Hold a festival, community event, or similar,
  • Carry out a home business (e.g. hairdresser, accountant, clothes alterations, etc),
  • Change the use of a building or premises to another use, or
  • Carry out earthworks, filling or excavation of land.

There are some cases where a DA is not required within the Liverpool local government area. These types of applications are referred to as 'Exempt Development.' SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, lists types of development that may be carried out as exempt development without the need for approval under the NSW planning system.

The SEPP can be downloaded at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/housingcode. Furthermore, exempt development is also listed within Schedule 2 of the Liverpool LEP 2008. Should you have any questions about the information above, or if you are contemplating carrying out any development, including development that may possibly not require a development application, please contact Liverpool City Council's Customer Contact Centre on 1300 36 2170 and ask to speak to a Duty Officer.