Lodging an application
Follow this simple step-by-step guide to submit your DA.
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Step One – Do you need a DA?
Minor works on your property can be exempt from a development application or fast-tracked with a Complying Development Certificate.
The Electronic Housing Code is an online system that will tell you if your application is complying or exempt from approval altogether.
It will also help you investigate, prepare, lodge and track your Complying Development Certificate.
Step Two – What is your property’s zone?
Every piece of land in Hornsby Shire is classified under a development zone that determines what can and cannot be done there. Use these interactive maps to find the zoning of your land:
Note: To see your zoning turn on the “map data” option in the “I want to” menu at the top left of the screen.
If you’re having trouble with the map you can also find out your land’s zoning by using the Property Enquiry tool.
Step Three – What can be done in your zone?
The permissible development in each zone is determined in consultation with the NSW Government. The Land Use Matrix - 56kb will tell you what is allowed in your zone.
Step Four – What are the planning controls?
Hornsby Shire Council has established planning controls that provide a simple outline of the types of development that are allowed.
Go to the Hornsby Development Control Plan
Step 5 – Put your application together
Fill out all the details in the below form and use the checklist to make sure all the relevant information is included. There is also a guide to walk you through the process in greater detail.
- Development Application / Section 96 Application / Section 82A Review / Complying Development Application (SEPP or Council Policy) / Sydney Water - 366kb
- Development Application Checklist - 39kb
- DA Submission Guide - 405kb
It may also be helpful to look at Council's Landscape Code for Development Applications - 106kb, which aims to preserve significant stands of trees as well as provide aesthetically and functionally suitable landscape.
Step 6 – Find out the application fee
The application fee is a proportion of the development value. It covers Council costs, including notifying the community of your development and the assessment process.
Please note that in most cases a Section 94 or Section 94a contribution fee will also be applicable after the development application is approved.
To find out the fee for your DA phone Council’s Customer Service on 9847 6666 and quote the development value.
Step 7 – Lodge your DA
Bring your application to Hornsby Shire Council’s administration centre – located at 296 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby – and hand it in at the customer service desk. Once you pay the application fee your DA will be lodged.
What happens next?
A preliminary assessment will be made by a Council officer, ensuring that all the relevant details and documents are in place. They will also decide if any other bodies, such as the Rural Fire Service, need to have input in the approval.
You may be contacted by the assessment officer if there is something missing from the application or if they have an amendment to suggest that would make the development easier to approve.
If a heritage-listed item or Heritage Conservation Area is involved the application will be referred to the Heritage Review Committee, which will make a recommendation on the application.
A notification period, which is typically between 14 and 30 days, will give members of the public a chance to comment on the development. The DA will be advertised in the local newspaper and on Council’s website, a sign will be placed on the property and neighbours will be informed by letter.
The assessment officer will then visit the site, address community concerns and either make a decision or refer the application to a Council meeting.
An application generally goes to a Council meeting if it is likely to have a major impact on the community, if it has attracted a significant number of negative comments or if the applicant is objecting to the decision made by staff. Council meets on the second Wednesday of every month and the councillors will make a decision on the application by voting.