Development and Building

Before you carry out any development, it’s important to find out whether you need to lodge a Development Application. This section sets out the Development Application process.

You should check to see if a Development Application (DA) is required to be lodged with Council if you intend to:

  • 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.

Many of these activities can now be undertaken without a DA. See the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's guide to Exempt Development and Complying Development.

For Complying Development 'sign off', or certification, is by a building professional – either an independent certifier or by Council’s own, Liverpool Certification Unit.

Council’s ePlanning Portal can assist you in determining if a DA is required for your proposal on your site.

Should you need to lodge a Development Application, Council strongly recommends the engagement of professional town planners or other qualified professionals to assist you through this process.

Development Applications can be lodged in person or via post at: 
Council's Customer Service Centre,
Ground Floor 
33 Moore Street 
Liverpool, NSW 2170
Hours: 8:30am - 4pm, Monday to Friday

Council has a Duty Planner available to provide general planning advice Monday to Friday, by Phone from 8.30am to 2pm and in person from 8.30am to 12 Midday. You can contact the Duty Officer on 1300 362 170

To make a Development Application with Liverpool City Council it is recommended that you undertake the following steps:

Review Planning Policies of Council's ePlanning Portal

  • View interactive planning maps including zoning and site constraints
  • Obtain a Section 149 Certificate which will confirm your land zoning;
  • Contact Council's Duty Planner for further information on 1300 362 170.

Should you need to lodge a Development Application, Council strongly recommends the engagement of professional town planners or other qualified professionals to assist you through this process.

Council also has a Duty Planner available between 8.30am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday to provide general planning advice. Development Applications can be lodged in person between 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday at Council's Customer Service Centre, Ground Floor 33 Moore Street, Liverpool or via post. You can contact the Duty Officer on 1300 362 170

Pre-development application meetings

  • For major development which is often a more complex process, Council has established a formal process for pre-application discussions which allows applicants to discuss more complex development proposals with a senior planning officer.
  • These discussions occur before you lodge your application and a written record is kept. Fees apply.

Development application form and Checklist

  • Review and complete the Development Application form;
  • Obtain all land owners consent;
  • Your development application will only be accepted with a completed Development Application form and all supporting documentation;
  • Review the required checklist and matrix contained within the application form to ensure that you are aware of all required plans and documentation;
  • Your Development Application is required to be accompanied by one hard copy of all plans and documentation as well as a digital copy on CD or USB with all plans individually labelled in accordance with the development application file naming convention. This is detailed on the application form.

New requirements

To improve environmental health outcomes and efficiency during the development assessment process, Council will from July 1 require that development applications be supported by technical reports prepared by suitably qualified and industry certified environmental consultants.

Contaminated Site Reports

  • Certified under either the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s Certified Environmental Practitioner (Site Contamination) scheme (CEnvP(SC)) or the Soil Science Australia Certified Professional Soil Scientist Contaminated Site Assessment and Management (CPSS CSAM) scheme;

Acoustic Reports

  • Members of the Australian Acoustical Society, Institution of Engineers Australia or the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC); or

Air Quality/ Odour reports

  • Certified Air Quality Professionals under the CAQP Scheme administered by the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) or
  • Certified Environmental Practitioner under the CEnvP Scheme administered by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)

General Environmental Reports

  • Certified Environmental Practitioners under the CEnvP Scheme administered by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ);

On-site Sewage Management (OSMS) Waste Water Reports

  • Wastewater reports are required to be prepared by an Environmental Scientist or Engineer with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree qualification and extensive industry experience in site and soil assessment within an on-site sewage management context.  Note: There is currently no certification body for this field.

Certification schemes may change or evolve over time and therefore Council will consider these schemes as they arise.

Land Owners Consent

  • In order to lodge a Development Application, you must obtain consent of the landowner, which includes the signature of every land owner.
  • If the owner is a Company or Owner's corporation, the application must be signed by a person under the common seal.
  • If your property is a strata unit and you are proposing development beyond your entitlement, you will need to get the approval of the Owners Corporation.
  • If you have recently purchased the property, Council may not have received formal notice of the sale and the former owner will be the listed on Council's records. You will need to provide Council with a copy of the transfer of sale or a letter from your solicitor advising ownership has changed.
  • Without landowners consent, Council cannot accept your Development Application.

Due to the large volume of Development Applications Liverpool Council Customer Service Centre receives, please lodge your DAs with us before 4pm, Monday to Friday. Our opening hours are 8.30am - 5:00pm. This allows Council time to provide feedback and advice.

Apply

The Development Application form is a legal document. Make sure that there is no false or misleading information.  Applications can be lodged:

By mail: Locked Bag 7064 Liverpool BC NSW 1871; or
In person: Ground floor, 33 Moore Street, Liverpool.

Our e-planning portal allows you to lodge your application, view maps and track its progress.

Fees

Development Application fees are calculated on a scale based on the estimated cost of development (as well as the number of lots for Development Applications for subdivision). Council's Customer Service Centre can provide you with a fee estimate for your Development Application.

DA Political Donations Disclosure

A disclosure of a political donation or gift will need to be made whenever a person or their associate lodges a Development Application or makes a public submission about a Development Application.

Potential Conflict of Interest

You must declare any potential conflict of interest which includes affiliations or associations with Council staff and Councillors.

This includes:

  • A friendship, personal or family relationship;
  • A shared membership in a club, political party or organisation; and
  • Business associations with a staff member or Councillor outside their official role at Council.

Council encourages residents to be involved in the development assessment process by providing feedback (submissions) on development applications during the notification/advertising period.

Low-risk DAs such as houses and other low-scale residential activities are generally not notified or advertised by Council. Click here for more information regarding types of applications notified/advertised by Council.

Where can I find more information about a DA?

You can look up information about specific DAs on Council's ePlanning Portal using either a property address or an application number.

How do I make a submission about a DA?

You can provide feedback about a DA:

  • Online (this is the preferred method) – please complete the online form here , or
  • By Post – please download the hardcopy form here and post the completed form with your feedback to:  Liverpool City Council, Locked Bag 7064, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871

Will my submission be disclosed?

All feedback submissions will be made available to the public, including publication on Council’s website, as required by the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009.

Please carefully follow the instructions on the online or hardcopy form to ensure that only your comments are published, that your personal details are not published and your privacy is protected.

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 requires that your submission not contain any material that is defamatory or constitutes harassment, discrimination or racial or sexual vilification.

Is there a cut-off time to lodge a submission?

You must lodge your submission before the exhibition closing date quoting Council's application number (for example DA-1234/2015).