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Northern Beaches Council monitors the progress of Development Applications from lodgement through to determination to evaluate performance and trends.

The reports are produced quarterly and at the end of each financial year and include the following highlights:

  • Number of Development Applications lodged and determined
  • Value of Development Applications received and approved
  • A breakdown of Development Applications received in each development proposal type (e.g. alterations & additions, secondary dwellings, commercial)
  • The average processing times for the quarter and the financial year

Further data can be found on our application search including the number applications received this week/month or determined this month.

Quarterly Development Activity Reports

For reference the average processing time for the 2020/21 financial year was 72 days (2019/20 was 79 days).

* Improvement in processing time = compared to previous quarter

Quarter 1: July - September 2022

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 640
  • Number of applications determined - 583
  • Value of applications received - $328,790,677
  • Value of applications approved - $226,501,680
  • Average processing time - 81.26 days

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Delegated Authority - 520
  • Development Determination Panel - 30
  • Local Planning Panel - 28
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 3
  • Land & Environment Court - 2

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 332
  • New Dwellings - 78
  • Secondary Dwellings - 30
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 6
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 2
  • Mixed Use Developments / Shop Top Housing - 2
  • Commercial / Industrial  Development- 28
  • Other - 17

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2021/22 Financial Year

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

Number of applications lodged - 2469

Number of applications determined - 2189

Development Applications Pre-lodgement meetings - 230

Value of applications received - $1,456,090,485

Value of applications approved - $777,412,685.47

Average processing time* - 73 days (79 days last financial year)

Median processing time - 57 days (54 days last financial year)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

Council Staff - 1973

Determination Panel - 108

Local Planning Panel - 97

Sydney North Planning Panel - 8

Land & Environment Court - 15

Type (DA only)

Residential Alterations / additions - 1103

New Residential Dwellings - 261

Secondary Dwellings - 137

Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 12

Residential Flat Buildings - 11

Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 9

Commercial / Industrial - 89

Other - 124

Summary report

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Quarter 4: April - June 2022

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 618
  • Number of applications determined - 506
  • Value of applications received - $918,205,683
  • Value of applications approved - $619,018,025
  • Average processing time - 85.5 days (73.2 days financial year to date)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Delegated Authority - 449
  • Development Determination Panel - 25
  • Local Planning Panel - 30
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 1
  • Land & Environment Court - 1

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 236
  • New Dwellings - 63
  • Secondary Dwellings - 35
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 1
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 3
  • Mixed Use Developments / Shop Top Housing - 4
  • Commercial / Industrial  Development- 21
  • Other - 29

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Quarter 3: January - 31 March 2022

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 495
  • Number of applications determined - 544
  • Value of applications received - $481,461,691
  • Value of applications approved - $440,512,377
  • Average processing time - 82.4 days (69.5 days financial year to date)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Delegated Authority - 500
  • Development Determination Panel - 24
  • Local Planning Panel - 19
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 1
  • Land & Environment Court - 0

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 215
  • New Dwellings - 60
  • Secondary Dwellings - 30
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 0
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 3
  • Mixed Use Developments / Shop Top Housing - 1
  • Commercial / Industrial  Development- 23
  • Other - 32

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Quarter 2: October - December 2021

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 669
  • Number of applications determined - 569
  • Value of applications received - $799,003,827
  • Value of applications approved - $461,431,696
  • Average processing time - 68 days (63.3 days financial year to date)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 512
  • Determination Panel - 30
  • Local Planning Panel - 24
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 2
  • Land & Environment Court - 1

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 358
  • New Residential Dwellings - 74
  • Secondary Dwellings - 36
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 6
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 2
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 2
  • Commercial / Industrial - 20
  • Other - 34

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Quarter 1: July - Sept 2021

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 685
  • Number of applications determined - 559
  • Value of applications received - $549,797,246
  • Value of applications approved - $395,196,045
  • Average processing time - 58.5 days

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 514
  • Determination Panel - 18
  • Local Planning Panel - 22
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 4
  • Land & Environment Court - 1

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 294
  • New Residential Dwellings - 64
  • Secondary Dwellings - 36
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 5
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 3
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 2
  • Commercial / Industrial - 25
  • Other - 29

Summary report

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2020/21 Financial Year

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 2587
  • Number of applications determined - 2352
  • Development Applications Pre-lodgement meetings - 282
  • Value of applications received - $1,404,033,654
  • Value of applications approved - $1,097,367,188
  • Average processing time* - 72 days (79 days last financial year)
  • Median processing time - 54 days (59 days last financial year)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 2150
  • Determination Panel - 89
  • Local Planning Panel - 103
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 9
  • Land & Environment Court - 0

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 1271
  • New Residential Dwellings - 213
  • Secondary Dwellings - 140
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 21
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 6
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 18
  • Commercial / Industrial - 113
  • Other - 121

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Annual highlights

  • There was an increase of 8.6% in the total number of Development Applications lodged this financial year compared to 19/20.
  • Our new Design Sustainability & Advisory Panel was introduced in September 2020 to provide high level, independent advice on the design of DAs.
  • Our new Development Advisory Service Team was established in October 2020, to improve our DA customer experience.
  • A 10% improvement in the median application processing times resulted in Council receiving a State Government grant of $4.75 million for public open space projects.

Quarter 4: April - June 2021

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 683
  • Number of applications determined - 635
  • Value of applications received - $344,879,309
  • Value of applications approved - $282,684,383
  • Average processing time* - 62.7 days (8.4 days improvement from previous quarter)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 565
  • Determination Panel - 30
  • Local Planning Panel - 40
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 0
  • Land & Environment Court - 0

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 329
  • New Residential Dwellings - 56
  • Secondary Dwellings - 40
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 1
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 0
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 3
  • Commercial / Industrial - 26
  • Other - 21

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Quarter 3: January - March 2021

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 587
  • Number of applications determined - 558
  • Value of applications received - $373,492,006
  • Value of applications approved - $215,573,934
  • Average processing time* - 72.5 days (3.7 days improvement from previous quarter)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 530
  • Determination Panel - 17
  • Local Planning Panel - 10
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 1
  • Land & Environment Court - 0

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 296
  • New Residential Dwellings - 52
  • Secondary Dwellings - 27
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 7
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 3
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 3
  • Commercial / Industrial - 33
  • Other - 17

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Quarter 2: October - December 2020

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 720
  • Number of applications determined - 664
  • Value of applications received - $447,018,861
  • Value of applications approved - $388,106,790
  • Average processing time* - 76.2 days (2 days improvement from previous quarter)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 605
  • Determination Panel - 20
  • Local Planning Panel - 33
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 6
  • Land & Environment Court - 0

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 361
  • New Residential Dwellings - 70
  • Secondary Dwellings - 33
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 5
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 3
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 7
  • Commercial / Industrial - 36
  • Other - 50

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Quarter 1: July to September 2020

Development Activity (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Number of applications lodged - 617
  • Number of applications determined - 495
  • Value of applications received - $238,643,478
  • Value of applications approved - $261,002,081
  • Average processing time* - 79.5 days (7 days improvement from previous quarter)

Determined by (DA, Mod & Review)

  • Council Staff - 450
  • Determination Panel - 22 
  • Local Planning Panel - 20
  • Sydney North Planning Panel - 2 
  • Land & Environment Court - 1

Type (DA only)

  • Residential Alterations / additions - 285
  • New Residential Dwellings - 35
  • Secondary Dwellings - 40
  • Multi-unit Boarding Houses / Seniors Living - 8
  • Residential Flat Buildings - 0
  • Mixed use / Shop-top housing - 5
  • Commercial / Industrial - 18
  • Other - 33

Summary report

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