Pre-DA community consultation

New pre-DA community consultation requirements for larger scale development proposals came into effect on 27 January 2014.

What are the new requirements and what developments do they apply to?

All development proposals that meet one of the triggers below will need to complete pre-DA community consultation. Development proposals in an industrial area are exempt as are proposals in certain developing areas. You should check the maps in schedule 1B of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 to see if your development proposal is in an area that is exempt.

Pre-DA community consultation triggers

Pre-DA community consultation must be conducted when a development proposal triggers one or more of the following:

  1. a building for residential use with 3 or more storeys and 15 or more dwellings;
  2. a building with a gross floor area of more than 5000m²;
  3. a building or structure more than 25m above finished ground level;
  4. a variation of a lease to remove its concessional status.

Development proposals that meet any one of the triggers will need to undertake community consultation and complete a pre-DA lodgement community consultation form that provides details about the consultation. The proponent will determine the type of community consultation that they will complete.

A development application cannot be lodged if the development proposal meets one of the triggers and the application does not include the pre-DA lodgement community consultation form.

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