Our goal is to protect and enhance our natural and developed environment and to preserve our quality of life for future generations. We do this by using appropriate development and planning controls. Here you’ll find information about these controls, how they affect you and how you can follow them through.


Application search

Use our application search tool to track the progress of Development Applications, make submissions or to view other current or...


Property search

Use our Property Search to find the rules that apply to your next build.


Development Advisory Service

Council provides Planning Enquiry Officers to assist you in understanding Council's planning controls, the Development Assessment process and to answer...

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Development application fee estimator

Utilise this tool to receive an estimate of fees based on your development application information


Lodge your application

Steps to take prior to lodging your DA, how to lodge your DA, support available, FAQs & Fact Sheets


Exempt and Complying Development

Council supports well designed and suitable developments, and not all projects require development consent.

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Development applications

Find pre-lodgement meeting information, the DA lodgement process, our determination panel information and access to our variation registers.


Environmental and community protections

Managing building sites correctly can reduce detrimental impacts on our Northern Beaches environment and community.


Planning controls

Building on the Northern Beaches? Find links to our LEPs, DCPs, SEPPs and specific controls here.


Planning panels

Some development applications (DAs) are referred to a Planning Panel for design review or determination. Read more about Council's Planning...


Development Contributions and Planning Agreements

Find out information on relevant Development Contributions and details relating the Planning Agreements.

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Certification of building works

Most building work needs to be certified for the safety of our community.


Engineering and Construction

Find out about the certification process and obtain the special permits and certificates you need for various building works and...


Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to planning enquiries and the Development Application process


Planning for the future

The Northern Beaches is a unique location and we’re ensuring appropriate development controls keep it that way.


Building Information Certificate

Find information on requirements to apply for a Building Information Certificate and useful links and guides

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