Development Consent / Complying Development Certificate - Strathfield Municipal Council - New South Wales


Council approval is needed if you intend to undertake any form of development in New South Wales. This approval can be provided either through a Development Consent or a Complying Development Certificate, which cover a range of different activities and can include:

  • changing the type of activity a building or piece of land is used for
  • subdividing land
  • undertaking building and construction work on public or private property (apart from public roads which are covered by a separate approval)
  • the demolition of a building or work.

Your first action if you intend to undertake a development should be to contact your Council for a Planning Certificate. This document will contain important information about the piece of land or building, such as environmental, heritage or planning restrictions. This information will help guide you in designing your development proposal.

Council will also help you decide whether your proposal should be covered by a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Consent. New South Wales has streamlined its development process by listing certain development activities that can be approved under a Complying Development Certificate. Obtaining one of these Certificates provides a faster application process than a Development Consent. More complicated development proposals will require a Development Consent. The Council will assist you to correctly categorise your proposal.

If the development is approved under a Complying Development Certificate then the proposed work can commence. Once the work is complete Council will inspect the development to ensure that it has met all of the guidelines agreed to and grant you final approval with an Occupation Certificate.

If the proposal is approved under a Development Consent then Council will often provide a series of recommendations with the approval. Before the development work can start you will need to address these additional criteria and apply for a Construction Certificate. This Certificate allows you to actually begin the work on the development project. Once the work is complete Council will inspect the development to ensure that it has met all of the guidelines agreed to and grant you final approval with an Occupation Certificate.

Strathfield Council has launched eDA, a fully secure online development application lodgement and tracking service. eDA allows the tracking of DAs for the entire DA lifecycle from initial application lodging through to assessment.

Anyone with an internet connection can submit and then access their eDA at any time and can also complete supporting documentation required for complying development and construction certificates.

Customers can also log in from anywhere at any time to see how their application is progressing. At key milestone points, customers also receive email messages informing them of their applications progress.

Access to the tracking service is via the Council website.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You must provide details such as the exact location of the proposed development, building height, access driveways, emergency evacuation plans, floor space ratios and noise management plans.

If your proposal relates to a residential dwelling, you will need to submit a Building Sustainability Index Certificate (BASIX) with your proposal. BASIX is a web-based planning tool designed to incorporate a range of environmentally sustainable features into your development project. If your development application that relates to residential apartment development you may require a statement by a qualified designer.

If your proposal involves the installation, extension, or modification of any fire safety systems, then you will be required to submit plans detailing the fire safety systems that are part of the development.

If the application relates to Designated Development, an Environmental Impact Statement is required. Designated Development refers to high impact developments or those located in or near an environmentally sensitive area. Designated Development does not include State significant development.

Please be aware that if your proposed development is in bush fire prone land, you may require a bushfire attack level (BAL) risk assessment. Please contact your local rural fire service for details.

The Council may also impose specific conditions on individual Development Consents and Complying Development Certificates.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Apply Lodgement All $5.00

Fee for registration of complying development certificate. Fees for 2022-23

Comply Lodgement All $5.00

Payment of development contributions, portal fee. Fees for 2022-23

Vary Lodgement All $40.00

Fee for use of NSW planning portal to lodge application for modification of development consent. Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 New South Wales

Lodgement process


All Development Applications and other planning related applications must be lodged electronically via the NSW Planning Portal.

To apply for a Development Consent / Complying Development Certificate you must:

  • register for the NSW Planning Portal
  • complete the online application form
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Appeal fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Type Business Structure Amount Description
Lodgement All $5.00

Fee for review of determination of development application (DA). Fees for 2022-23

Administering agency

Strathfield Municipal Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.