- Consult our Local Environmental Plan and development control plans.
- Speak to our Duty Planner or Building Surveyor. You can call them on 02 6643 0200 or visit a council office from 8.30am-11am weekdays.
- Get a DA application fee quote.
- Attend a pre-lodgement meeting(PDF, 419KB) to discuss your application with a Town Planner, Engineer and Building Surveyor. This 45-minute meeting is to discuss key issues relevant to the assessment of a proposal, and may help applicants identify issues that need to be addressed in a DA. An upfront fee of $320 is charged for this service.
Book a pre-lodgement meeting
First, see our DA information packs and checklists for the forms you'll need to lodge via the NSW Planning Portal.
The DA fee will depend on the type of development you apply for. If you lodge your application via the portal, an invoice will be sent to you with the BPoint payment details. You can track your application progress online.
Note: We'll tell you what is necessary for your application - only some application types are required to be advertised on our website and/or notified to adjoining landowners. Referrals might be made to other professional council staff, and/or other government agencies such as DPIE, Transport NSW, DPI.
Some of the things we consider include:
- how the development complies with the Clarence Valley Local Environmental Plan 2011 and any applicable Development Control Plan.
- the site's suitability for the development.
- the impact of the proposed development on the environment.
- any submissions made as a result of the exhibition and referral process.
- the public interest (is this of benefit or detriment to the community as a whole?)
We might need additional information from you, or ask for amended plans. This may be due to submissions received during an exhibition period, or because necessary information is lacking. If information is required, the officer will contact you by phone, email or via the portal.
After the assessment has been completed the application may be approved under Delegated Authority, or refused with good reason.
Generally, an application is recommended for refusal on the basis that it has generated significant community concern, or substantially varies a Development Control Plan, which must be determined by Clarence Valley councillors at a regular council meeting. A report is prepared for the next available council committee meeting. As an applicant, you would be advised by letter of the meeting date, provided with a copy of the council report and given the opportunity to make a deputation in person or by your representative.
On average, Clarence Valley Council determines 96% of Development Applications as approved under Delegated Authority.