Development approval processes
Certain types of activities are defined as ‘development’ in the Development Act 1993, which require approval. Types of activities can include construction, addition to, or alteration of, buildings and structures, (including signs), the demolition of buildings, a change of use in the land, any internal or external alteration of a listed heritage item, the division of land into allotments or community titles, or the adjustment of allotment boundaries, and any work that is building work, (staff in the Development Services team can assist in determining which work is classified as building work).
Development approval involves granting one or more consents, such as Development Plan Consent, Building Rules Consent, Land Division (Allotment) Consent, and Land Division (Community Title) Consent.
The number of consents needed for Development Approval depends on the type of development. For information on development plan consent, building rules consent, and land division consent, as well as the development application process, refer to our Development Approval development information guide.
For your convenience, you can lodge a new development application through our online services here.
Tree removal and maintenance
You can apply to remove a tree that's on Council land, which will be assessed based on risk and/or tree decline.
People with disability
Providing access for people with disability is part of the development application process.
Change in land use to horticulture and viticulture
Changing land use from grazing to cropping or horticulture-viticulture requires development approval.
Water licences and dams
A structure to collect, direct or divert water requires approval or a permit.
Shipping containers and skip bins
You need a permit to temporarily place a shipping container or skip bin on a footpath, road or council reserve.