Development Application (DA) Service Integration

This consultation has concluded.

We are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, we will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.


We are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, we will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.


This consultation has concluded.
  • Development Assessment Management Policy adopted

    5 months ago

    The DA Service Integration Program was adopted by Council at its meeting of 27 June 2017. It incorporates the following aspects:

    Development Application (DA) Management Policy

    Council’s DA management policy provides applicants and the community with clarity and certainty around Council’s expectations for development applications (DAs). The Policy encourages greater consultation and communication with Council prior to lodging DAs and clearer guidelines for handling non-compliant DAs and those with insufficient information.

    Development Control Plan (DCP) Amendments

    A single set of controls for the exhibition, advertisement and notification of applications and submission consideration has been adopted by Council and inserted into all DCPs to replace the former controls.

    Determinations of Development Applications

    Council has reviewed the previous panels and consolidated them into a single independent panel, known as the Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP). A single internal staff panel has also been created to determine DAs known as the Development Determination Panel (DDP).

    View (NBIAP) Charter 2017
    View DDP Charter 2017

    The NBIAP will conduct public hearings before determining more complex applications.

    The DDP will determine applications, with an opportunity for interested parties to make representations on the Council’s assessment report and recommendation prior to the meeting.

    Applications that do not meet the triggers for the IAP or DDP will be determined under delegated authority by the DA Manager.

    For more details -

    View Council Report - Item 9.11 - 27 June 2017
    View Attachment 1: Summary of Submissions
    View Attachment 2: Draft Development Assessment Management Policy
    View Attachment 4: Summary of Proposed Development Control Plan Amendments
    View Council Minutes (Item 9.11) - 27 June 2017

    The DA Service Integration Program was adopted by Council at its meeting of 27 June 2017. It incorporates the following aspects:

    Development Application (DA) Management Policy

    Council’s DA management policy provides applicants and the community with clarity and certainty around Council’s expectations for development applications (DAs). The Policy encourages greater consultation and communication with Council prior to lodging DAs and clearer guidelines for handling non-compliant DAs and those with insufficient information.

    Development Control Plan (DCP) Amendments

    A single set of controls for the exhibition, advertisement and notification of applications and submission consideration has been adopted by Council and inserted into all DCPs to replace the former controls.

    Determinations of Development Applications

    Council has reviewed the previous panels and consolidated them into a single independent panel, known as the Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP). A single internal staff panel has also been created to determine DAs known as the Development Determination Panel (DDP).

    View (NBIAP) Charter 2017
    View DDP Charter 2017

    The NBIAP will conduct public hearings before determining more complex applications.

    The DDP will determine applications, with an opportunity for interested parties to make representations on the Council’s assessment report and recommendation prior to the meeting.

    Applications that do not meet the triggers for the IAP or DDP will be determined under delegated authority by the DA Manager.

    For more details -

    View Council Report - Item 9.11 - 27 June 2017
    View Attachment 1: Summary of Submissions
    View Attachment 2: Draft Development Assessment Management Policy
    View Attachment 4: Summary of Proposed Development Control Plan Amendments
    View Council Minutes (Item 9.11) - 27 June 2017

  • How to get involved

    9 months ago

    If you would like to find out more about the proposed changes, come and chat to some of our planning staff at one the scheduled drop-in sessions:

    • Wednesday 12 April, 2-4pm at Dee Why Council Chambers
    • Saturday 29 April 2017, 1-3pm at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall
    • Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5.30-7.30pm at Manly Council Chambers

    Alternatively, if you have specific questions, you can contact the following staff:

    Make a submission:

    • Online
    • Email
    • In writing marked: ‘DA Service Integration’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099

    Submissions close Sunday 14 May 2017.

    If you would like to find out more about the proposed changes, come and chat to some of our planning staff at one the scheduled drop-in sessions:

    • Wednesday 12 April, 2-4pm at Dee Why Council Chambers
    • Saturday 29 April 2017, 1-3pm at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall
    • Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5.30-7.30pm at Manly Council Chambers

    Alternatively, if you have specific questions, you can contact the following staff:

    Make a submission:

    • Online
    • Email
    • In writing marked: ‘DA Service Integration’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099

    Submissions close Sunday 14 May 2017.

  • Documents out for Public Exhibition

    9 months ago

    Since coming together as one council, a significant amount of work has been undertaken to integrate and streamline the way we deliver the Development Application (DA) service.

    On 28 March 2017 a report was presented to Council which provided an overview of some of the work completed to date. The report also recommended the exhibition of a number of amendments which are fundamental in bringing together the DA service.

    These amendments relate to

    • Handling of insufficient and non-complying development applications,
    • Consultation, notification and advertisement of development applications lodged with Council,
    • Determination of complex and contentious applications.

    The following documents will be exhibited for 6 weeks:


    Since coming together as one council, a significant amount of work has been undertaken to integrate and streamline the way we deliver the Development Application (DA) service.

    On 28 March 2017 a report was presented to Council which provided an overview of some of the work completed to date. The report also recommended the exhibition of a number of amendments which are fundamental in bringing together the DA service.

    These amendments relate to

    • Handling of insufficient and non-complying development applications,
    • Consultation, notification and advertisement of development applications lodged with Council,
    • Determination of complex and contentious applications.

    The following documents will be exhibited for 6 weeks:


  • SRG Workshop Outcomes

    9 months ago

    On 20 and 21 February 2017 two workshops were held with the Strategic Reference Groups (SRG), including members of the Local Representative Committee (LRC) and Implementation Advisory Group (IAG). The workshops focused specifically on how our new Northern Beaches Council will deliver its development application (DA) assessment service to the community.

    View the Workshop Summary Report

    View Workshop Presentation Material

    On 20 and 21 February 2017 two workshops were held with the Strategic Reference Groups (SRG), including members of the Local Representative Committee (LRC) and Implementation Advisory Group (IAG). The workshops focused specifically on how our new Northern Beaches Council will deliver its development application (DA) assessment service to the community.

    View the Workshop Summary Report

    View Workshop Presentation Material

  • How you can get involved

    10 months ago

    We plan to engage with a range of stakeholder groups throughout the project to ensure that the process is carefully considered and executed.

    The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding community forums to discuss the proposed changes.

    It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

    For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with us so you can be updated at key stages in the project.


    We plan to engage with a range of stakeholder groups throughout the project to ensure that the process is carefully considered and executed.

    The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding community forums to discuss the proposed changes.

    It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

    For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with us so you can be updated at key stages in the project.


  • SRG Workshops

    10 months ago

    As part of the DA integration process, we will be holding 2 workshops to work through the proposed changes with the members from our 11 Strategic Reference Groups (SRG) in February before the changes are presented to Council in late March. Following the workshops, there will be an opportunity for all the community to give their feedback on the changes.

    As part of the DA integration process, we will be holding 2 workshops to work through the proposed changes with the members from our 11 Strategic Reference Groups (SRG) in February before the changes are presented to Council in late March. Following the workshops, there will be an opportunity for all the community to give their feedback on the changes.

  • Background

    10 months ago

    For many people, getting a development application (DA) over the line is the most significant interaction they will have with their local Council. In bringing three different DA systems and processes together we have an opportunity to look at how the service can be improved for our customers. From pre-lodgement through to decision stage, Council will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.


    For many people, getting a development application (DA) over the line is the most significant interaction they will have with their local Council. In bringing three different DA systems and processes together we have an opportunity to look at how the service can be improved for our customers. From pre-lodgement through to decision stage, Council will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.