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 2019/20 financial year was 79 days.

* Improvement in processing time = compared to previous quarter

Development activity (DA, mod & review)

Jan - Mar 2021Oct - Dec 2020
Number of applications lodged587720
Number of applications determined558664
Value of applications received$373,492,006$447,018,861
Value of applications approved$215,573,934$388,106,790
Avg processing time72.5 days76.2 days
Improvement processing time*3.7 days2 days
Summary reportSummary reportSummary report


Determined by (DA, mod & review)

Jan - Mar 2021Oct - Dec 2020
Council staff530605
Determination panel1720
Local Planning Panel1033
Sydney North Planning Panel16
Land & Environment Court00


Type (DA only)

Jan - Mar 2021Oct - Dec 2020
Residential alterations / additions296361
New residential dwellings5270
Secondary dwellings2733
Multi-unit boarding houses / seniors living75
Residential flat buildings33
Mixed use / shop-top housing37
Commercial / industrial3336