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Building and Development

Find out about building and planning policies in Hornsby Shire and what you need to do to carry out a development or renovation.

Building and development work requires approval from Council before work may begin. Certificates of compliance must also be granted to carry out a variety of residential and commercial activites. Find an application form here.
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Application Forms

An development application (DA) must be lodged with Council before buidling and development works may begin. Find out about development applications here.
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Development Applications

Elected Hornsby Shire Councillors no longer decide the outcome of individual development applications and are instead referred to the Hornsby Shire Council Planning Panel for consideration and determination.
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Hornsby Shire Council Local Planning Panel

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Property Enquiry

There are strict policies in place to govern what can be developed in Hornsby Shire and how development can be carried out.
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Policies and Guidelines

All development in Hornsby Shire must comply with strict building code and associated standards to ensure that all works are carried out to a safe standard.
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Permits and Certification

Hornsby Shire is lucky to have unique areas of historical and environmental heritage. Protecting these is the responsibility of Council.
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Heritage

Whether renovating your kitchen or building a block of units, town planning can be a complex issue. Hornsby Shire Council’s staff are here to help.
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Town planning advice

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AUS-SPEC Specifications

Development on land next to tidal waters needs to take into account predictions of future sea level rises.
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Sea Level Rise Map

Applications determined by Council with variations to a development standard are available for public viewing.

Variations to Development Standards