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How are Development Applications Assessed?

The Development Application (DA) will be assessed in accordance with Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which includes:

  • the requirements of any local, regional or state planning instrument, or other planning regulation that relates to the site or the proposed development. These may contain issues to be considered or standards that must be met
  • the impact the proposed development is likely to have on the natural environment, the built environment and the local community
  • whether the site is suitable for the proposed development
  • any submissions made by neighbours, the wider community and government agencies after the development application was advertised
  • the public interest

The application may involve referrals to other internal staff or external government agencies.
The DA will either be approved or refused by the consent authority. If the application is approved, the consent will usually set out conditions that the Applicant must fulfil.