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All homeowners on the Northern Beaches are now required to lodge their Development Applications via the NSW Planning Portal. Northern Beaches Council are now live with online payments for Development Applications, see Step 3 below for further info.

It is essential that applicants take note of the steps below to prevent any delays in the processing and assessment of Development Applications.

Steps to take prior to lodgement

  • Review our Planning Controls and talk to your builder or consultant about complying with all your legal obligations.
  • Consider attending a Pre-Lodgement Meeting to discuss site specifics, complex or large-scale development proposals with our team, or alternatively speak to one of our Planning Officers on 1300 434 434 to determine exactly what is required to accompany your DA.
  • Read Council's Development Application Lodgement Requirements to ensure what you are submitting is in line with the requirements and to prevent delays.

How to lodge your application on the NSW Planning Portal

We've outlined some steps to assist you in lodging your application as all Development Applications including Modification or Review of Determination applications are to be lodged through the Planning Portal. Should you encounter any difficulties, refer to our advice under the Support for our Applicants section below.

Step 1 - Register or Login

Access the NSW Planning Portal and either login to your account or refer to Register for a Planning Portal account guide to create an account.

Step 2 - Enter your development proposal and application details

Enter the application details in the portal using the Submit a Development Application guide. Note, Council no longer have a Development Application Form, the Planning Portal automatically creates a form called a 'Pre-DA form' based on the information provided by the applicant at lodgement.

To prevent unnecessary delays with the processing of your DA, ensure the following is uploaded in support of your application in line with Council's document naming formats, as outlined on page two of our Lodgement Requirements.

  1. Statement of Environmental Effects (applicable for the majority of Development Applications or a Statement of Modification (for Modification Applications)
  2. A completed Cost Summary Report Form (this is required for all Development Applications).
  3. Boundary Identification Survey (applicable for the majority of applications, with the exception of change of use or internal alterations only)
  4. Plans - Masterset (a full set of all plans uploaded as one document in the portal under 'Architectural Plans', with the exception of landscape and stormwater plans)
  5. Reports (e.g Geotech, Bushfire, Biodiversity, if applicable)
  6. Payment - Council will contact you separately regarding payment. DO NOT upload payment details to the Planning Portal.

Step 3 - Completeness Check (Accept/Return/Additional Information)

Once you have submitted the application through the Portal, Council will review the documentation for completeness within two business days. Based on the information submitted, Council will make a decision to formally accept the application, request additional information from you or return the application.

Returned applications & how to relodge

For DAs which have been returned to the applicant due to insufficient information, the Planning Portal now provides the option to Create a new Copy of your DA allowing you to relodge a new application including the additional documentation with ease.

How to lodge additional information

For DAs where minor information is still required, Council will submit a request through the Planning Portal for additional information specifying the timeframe in which the information is required to be submitted. The request will outline exactly what information is required for Council to proceed to formally accepting your application.

Use this guide for instructions on how to lodge additional information in the Portal. Note, it is preferable for applicants to upload all required additional information at the same time.

Contact our Planning Officer on 1300 434 434 if you have technical queries about the additional information we've requested.

Step 4 - Fee Estimator, Portal lodgement fee and Payment

Use our fee estimator for Development Applications to determine the fees applicable for your application.

  • Development Application fees - Council are now live with online payments for DAs. Once we have reviewed your application for completeness and are satisfied that it is ready to proceed to formal acceptance and assessment, we will email the Applicant an Invoice with a link to pay online. Online payments are preferred, however if you would like to pay in person, please visit any of Council's customer service centres.

  • Portal lodgement fees - A fee of $40 is applicable for the lodgement of modification of consent applications and a $5 fee is applicable for Review of Determination applications. The State Government have amended the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation (2000) to introduce the new portal lodgement fees from 1 July 2021, to support the ongoing maintenance of the Planning Portal. Note, this fee is payable in addition to Council's application fees, only for Modifications and Reviews.

Step 5 - Track the progress of your application

To track the progress of your application, refer to Council's Application Search. The Planner assessing the DA will communicate with the applicant throughout the assessment process.

Support available for our Applicants

  • Should you encounter difficulties with logging in to the planning portal or registering your planning portal account, refer to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment's FAQ web page, call Service NSW on 1300 305 695 or email info@service.nsw.gov.au.

  • Phone us on 1300 434 434 and speak to a:

    • Planning Officer - To receive advice on specific documents required to lodge your application (e.g. Reports, Plans based on site constraints) and to discuss technical queries about additional information requested by Council.

    • Business Systems & Administration Team - If you would like to discuss fees applicable or how to pay, find out which Planner the application has been allocated to or have general Planning Portal queries.

Fact Sheets

We are working hard to create Fact Sheets to assist our residents who are considering building or developing within the Northern Beaches. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Once my application is submitted through the Planning Portal, how long can I expect to wait until I response from Council?

Our KPI to review your application and provide you with a response is two business days, however this may vary for more complex applications.

My property address is not appearing in the Planning Portal?

If you have entered your address in the search box and it is not appearing, select the tick box next to 'Address did not display?' and re-type your address then select next and it should appear.

I don't have access to a personal computer, where can I lodge my application?

Council's library services offer free computer services for the community. We have libraries located in Dee Why, Forestville, Glen Street, Manly, Mona Vale and Warringah Mall. Find more information on Council's library services and opening hours here.