DA Lodgement Checklist

Council's DA Lodgement Checklist provides you with all of the relevant information required for successful submission of your DA. Should you have any questions relating to how to prepare your application, please contact Council's Development Advisory Services (DAS) team or a Duty Planner on 1300 581 299 or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au.

Lodging a DA

To lodge a DA with Bayside Council, you must complete both a Development Application Form and Development Application Lodgement Checklist. You may be required to submit a Disclosure of Political Gifts or Benefits related to the DA. These can be found on Council's forms repository.

When lodging an application to Council, you are required to provide all documentation on CD or USB in accordance with the Electronic Guidelines and Naming Convention for upload to Council's electronic document management system.

Once the application is accepted by either a DAS Officer or Duty Planner, the DA will be registered; assigned a number and prepared for notification and allocation.

Successful lodgement of the application is subject to payment of the endorsed fees and charges and is based on the estimated cost of works. This fee is applicable per application and payable at the time of lodgement.

Council accepts submissions of DAs at the following locations:

  • Eastgardens Customer Service Centre, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens
  • Rockdale Customer Service Centre, 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale
  • By mail: PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216


A full schedule of applicable Council fees and charges can be viewed online. To receive an estimate of fees for your proposal you can:

  • Phone Council on 1300 581 299 to speak to a DAS Officer; or
  • Email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au and include the nominated property address, brief description of works proposed, estimated cost of works (including GST), number of footpath crossings adjacent to the property, and whether there are trees on or directly adjacent to the property.

Neighbour Notification and Advertising

Council is obliged to notify applications under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation, 2000, and relevant Development Control Plans. In some instances, Council will also advertise particular applications. This provides an opportunity for interested persons to review proposals and submit comments.

Please call Development Advisory Services or a Duty Officer on 1300 581 299 to find out if your proposal will be notified and/or advertised.

Bayside Planning Panel

On 8 August 2017, the Minister for Planning and Housing and the Minister for Local Government introduced a Bill to make Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) mandatory for Sydney and Wollongong Councils. Bayside Council currently has a Planning Panel which determines matters that are not otherwise determined under the delegation of Council in the following circumstances:

  1. Any Planning Proposals received by Council; or
  2. Any application where an offer of a voluntary planning agreement has been made to Council; or
  3. Any matter where the applicant or owner is a member of staff; Councillor; State or Federal Member of Parliament; or
  4. Any application where the applicant or owner is Council, or where Council holds a commercial interest or recent commercial interest in the land and the application has an estimated cost of development of more than $1 million

Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel

The Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel is the consent authority for proposals that have a capital investment value of more than $30 million. Council will receive; notify and assess the proposals with an assessment report and recommendation submitted to the Panel for determination. The Panel also considers the following:

  1. Council or Crown developments with a capital investment value in excess of $5 million;
  2. Eco-tourism facilities that have a capital investment over $5 million;
  3. Particular designated developments;
  4. Private infrastructure and community facilities with a capital investment value in excess of $5 million.

Variations to Development Standards Register

Clause 4.6 of the Rockdale Local Environmental Plan 2011 and the Botany Bay Local Environmental Plan 2013 allows variations to development standards subject to the criteria outlined in the clause, including concurrence of the Director-General. Council is required to maintain a register and report these variations to the Department of Planning.

The following Development Standards Variations (formerly SEPP 1) have been approved by Council;

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au