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We encourage you to attend a DA pre-lodgement meeting for large-scale or complex development proposals or to clarify queries you may have about your development application.

You can meet with relevant Council officers (planner and referral bodies) to discuss your proposal and receive feedback on initial design concepts and technical requirements from Council.

Please note: Pre-lodgement Meetings are fully booked for 2019.
Bookings will now be made from 14 January 2020 onwards. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Benefits of a pre-lodgement meeting

A pre-lodgement meeting is beneficial as Council officers can give an indication of whether your proposal could be supported or not. We can also give you early advice on your proposal and confirm documentation required for lodgement. Pre-lodgement meetings also offer the opportunity to seek professional advice from other Council departments.

It is important to note that pre-lodgement advice provided by Council is based on information provided by the applicant.  The more information you provide, the better the advice Council can offer.

Lodging an application

  1. Complete the application form, attach relevant documentation (one electronic copy of plans, reports).
  2. Pay the relevant application fee based on the estimated cost of the proposal.
  3. Lodge the application form via:

If you are unsure whether a pre-lodgement meeting is appropriate for your proposal, contact our Planning Enquiry Officers on 1300 434 434 to provide advice at no cost.

Pre-lodgement meeting fees 2019/2020

Estimated CostFee
Development with estimated cost up to $500,000$785
Development with estimated cost between $500,001-$2,000,000$1,045
Development with estimated cost between $2,000,001-$5,000,000 or subdivision up to 5 lots$1,305
Development with estimated cost between $5,000,001- 20,000,000 or subdivision between 6 - 20 lots$1,565
Development with estimated cost of more than $20,000,001 or subdivision more than 20 lots$2,085

Meeting details

Location and days

Pre-lodgement meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursday in Council’s Dee Why Office at 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why. Meetings are held with a planner, manager and any relevant referral bodies.

How long will it take to receive a meeting date?

Once your application has been lodged, you will receive an email confirming the date of your meeting. The meeting will then be held within 2-3 weeks of receipt of your application.

What to expect after the meeting?

Following the pre-lodgement meeting, Council will provide written advice to the applicant. Written advice may take up to 21 days to be provided, depending on the complexity of the development proposal.

Written advice will generally include:

  • If Council could support the proposal in its current form, or not
  • Answers to specific questions or concerns of the applicant outlined in the application form or raised at the meeting
  • Comments from relevant internal referral bodies, for example stormwater, waste, landscape, biodiversity, traffic
  • Recommendations for design changes, if necessary, to minimise impacts of the development and assist the applicant to proceed to lodgement
  • A list of relevant documentation required for lodgement