Development assessment process
All development applications go through a standard assessment process to make sure they are assessed equitably.
The Development Assessment Rules (or DA Rules) set out this development assessment process. These rules apply to all parties involved, including the applicant, assessment manager and any referral agency.
There are five key parts to the formal development assessment process:
- information request
- public notification
Not all steps in the development assessment process will apply to all development applications. The process will vary depending on the type of development application. Pre-lodgement and appealing a decision sit outside the formal process within the DA Rules.
The development assessment system provides for an applicant to change an existing development approval or extend the timeframe of a development approval at any time prior to the development approval lapsing. View our fact sheet for more information.
- Development assessment process in more detail
- Lodging a development application
- Development application forms and templates
- Public notification of development applications and change applications – guidance
- Having your say on a development application
- Changing, cancelling and extending development approvals
- Change representations – changing a development approval
- Standard Conditions for a Deemed Approval (Planning Act 2016)
Last updated: 25 May 2022