Phone1300 864 444
The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478
40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478
8:15am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday
Building or renovating your home is always exciting. But the Development Approval process can be overwhelming. The following process will make the pathway to building your home easier.
First, it’s important to gather the right information about your property. You should also talk to your neighbours early on in the process and relevant specialists (e.g. architect, builder, town planner) who can help you prepare your Development Application.
When you have prepared a preliminary concept plan on a specific site, visit Council’s building staff from 8.30am to 12.00noon any business day to discuss your proposal. For this meeting please provide the following if possible:
Giving council an assessment ready application, with all the required information will not guarantee approval – however it will promote an efficient process, saving time and money, for both you and council.
When you have filled out the relevant forms you can lodge your application with Council. Lodgement is the formal start of the DA process. Council's Customer Service Team will check that all the information has been provided.
A completed DA will generally include:
Once your DA is lodged and checked, formal neighbour notification may occur. If notification is required for a DA, Council’s notification typically includes one or more of the following:
Development applications (DAs) are available electronically on the DA's Online portal.
DAs on public exhibition are included in the Council's Public Notices in the Ballina Shire Advocate.
Council may send letters (email or post) to adjoining and or surrounding landowners who may be potentially impacted by the development proposal.
Council staff may provide a sign on the site of the proposed development.
Council has internal experts who will comment on different environmental issues. Other government agencies have special roles to provide comment or agreement/approval within their areas of expertise such as NSW Rural Fire Service and Office of Environment and Heritage.
An assessment officer will be allocated to you and they will be your key point of contact.
Council staff will formally assess your DA. This means that the site must be inspected, applicants and neighbours engaged, reports drafted and recommendations made.
DA tracking system
You can consult DAs Online portal to monitor the progress of your DA.
There three possible outcomes for a DA:
During this stage you may seek to:
Before you can start building you must do four things:
You must obtain an Occupation Certificate to certify that you have met the requirements of your development consent and construction certificate, and that the building is now ready to occupy.