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.

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.


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.


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.

Can I submit a comment on any Development Application?

Yes. Residents can submit comments about any DA that is lodged with Council during the assessment period. Council generally does not notify or advertise low risk DAs such as houses and other low-scale residential activities. Click here for more information regarding types of applications notified by Council.

Where can I find more information out about a DA?

You can find any specific DA on Council's ePlanning Portal using either a property address or an application number.

How do I lodge a submission?

You can lodge a Development Application Online (preferred) or by writing to Council (Locked Bag 7064, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871). Download a Development Application Submission Form.

Council publishes does not publish development application submissions online.

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

Personal information contained in your submission

Please note that Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 classifies all correspondence received by Council in relation a DA, including submissions, as open access information which can be made available to the applicant or any other person. However, to ensure any personal information in your submission is not disclosed to other persons, Council recommends that you do not identify where you live in your submission.

To protect your privacy, Council recommends that you lodge your submission in two parts:

  • A covering letter with your personal details, including your name and address which Council will acknowledge but avoid publishing; and
  • An attachment briefly setting out your comments or objection to the development application.

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).

Disclosing Political Donations

If you are making a submission in relation to a DA lodged with Council, you must disclose any reportable political donation or gift of $1,000 or more made in the previous two years (and up to the time the DA is determined) to anyone including:

  • All reportable political donations made to any Councillor;
  • All gifts made to any local Councillor or employee of Council.

A copy of the Political Donations Disclosure Form can also be downloaded.