Where a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) approval is not possible for a project, a Development Application (DA) to council is required instead.

Council applications have become more complex over the years, and the ‘red tape’ can be quite daunting for most owners.

The outcome of a DA to council is largely dependent on the quality of the plans and the application submitted. It is crucial that planning controls and building controls are all considered when preparing the documentation, and that any supporting reports are provided by suitably qualified consultants.

It is a fine balance between keeping the costs in check for our clients and ensuring that council has enough information to approve an application.

With our large knowledge base on planning and building controls we will be able to advise you on what is permissible, but importantly we ensure that you are not spending money on unnecessary reports, where often a well-worded Statement of Environmental Effects by one of our qualified planners may suffice.