Development advice services

Council offers a three-tiered service to customers seeking advice in relation to planning and development matters.

Level one

The first level of assistance is with Council’s Development Support Officers, where general enquiries can be answered about your property, such as zoning, constraints, permissible uses and suitable development types. This service is free of charge and no appointments are necessary.

Level two

Should more detailed or technical advice be required, the next level of assistance allows for either written advice or a meeting with a technical officer to be arranged. This is referred to as Development Related Advice (DRA). There is a small fee involved in this service, charged at an hourly rate per technical officer.

Level three

The third level of assistance is a Development Advisory Panel (DAP) meeting. DAP meetings are recommended for larger developments. They provide a prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical aspects of a development proposal. 

    Overview

    We provide a free development support service to assist with enquiries relating to development applications.

    You can ask a Development Support Officer (DSO) what policies are likely to apply to a site and/or proposed development. Our DSO will send you an email with links to relevant policies or other helpful information, for your convenience.

    Contact a DSO on 02 6626 7025, or email dso@byron.nsw.gov.au 

    You can lodge a DA in person, or check that an application is acceptable prior to lodgement. Simply bring the application in to the front counter of our Mullumbimby office and our DSO will go through the application with you to determine if the application is complete for lodgement. 

    You’ll need to bring:

    • the completed DA form
    • all required supporting documents such as a Statement of Environmental Effects
    • applicable fees.

     

    Written planning advice

    Unfortunately, DSOs cannot interpret policies for you.

    You can request more detailed planning information in writing for a fee.

    Download a Request for development related advice(PDF, 175KB) application form.

    There is a minimum fee of $155 associated with this service (further fees of $155/hour may be applicable).

    Please note that Byron Shire Council cannot guarantee that the requested information is available and in the instance that the search is unsuccessful, the application fee is non refundable. 

    Your request must:

    • be clear
    • be to the point
    • spell out the question/s to be answered.

    Ideally, provide PDF plans of the proposal with your application to assist with asking and answering your question/s.

    We will accept paper copies should you not be able to provide a PDF copy.

    Any plans and documentation can be sent to Council by mail, email or be delivered in person to Council's Customer Service Centre.

    Council will provide you with detailed and researched written response of the information in respect of the question/s you have asked or advice you are seeking via a letter mailed or emailed to your address within 14 days of receiving your application.

    Development Advisory Panel ('DAP') meeting

    A DAP meeting is a meeting between prospective applicants and a team of Council technical staff to discuss a development proposal before formally lodging the DA with Council. 

    A DAP meeting provides a prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal following a preliminary assessment of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. This service usually applies to larger scale developments or sites / proposals with more complex issues.

    A DAP meeting can help identify lodgement requirements, relevant planning controls and related local issues prior to the lodgement of a development application. Council provides Minutes of the meeting, highlighting relevant controls, providing recommendations and indicating design changes that may be needed to improve the quality of a proposal.

    There is no mandatory requirement to have a DAP meeting prior to making a development application. DAP meetings are however encouraged by Council as the most appropriate means of dealing with enquiries of a complex or site-specific nature, or where formal feedback is being sought from Council on a specific development concept or proposal plan. Bookings are essential.Development Advisory Panel - Request for meeting(PDF, 881KB).

    We provide a free development support service to assist with enquiries relating to planning and development in the Byron Shire.

    A Development Support Officer (DSO) can assist you with:

    • Fee quotes for all development related applications.
    • General advice regarding State and Local Government regulations.
    • Reviewing and accepting all development related applications.
    • Advice regarding Exempt Development.
    • Advice regarding Complying Development.
    • Coordination of Development Related Advice requests.
    • Coordination of Development Advisory Panel meetings.   

    DSO’s can be contacted by:

     

    If you require more detailed planning advice you can request a written response from a Planner or other technical officers.

    It is recommended that you use this service rather than the Development Support Services for large or complex matters, particularly if you would like a written advice before you lodge a development application.

    If you require information from more than one Technical Officer, for example a Planner and a Development Engineer, this can be arranged via a written, rather than having a Development Advisory Panel (DAP) meeting.

    Council will provide you with detailed and researched written response of the information in respect of the question/s you have asked or advice you are seeking via a letter mailed or emailed to your address within 14 days of receiving your application.

    There is a minimum fee of $180 associated with this service (further fees of $180/hour may be applicable). 

    Request for development related advice(PDF, 175KB)

     

     

    A Development Advisory Panel (DAP) meeting is a support service Council offers between prospective applicants and a team of Council technical staff to discuss a development proposal before formally lodging the development application (DA) with Council. 

    A DAP meeting provides a prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal following a preliminary assessment of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. This service usually applies to larger scale developments or sites / proposals with more complex issues.

    A DAP meeting can help identify lodgement requirements, relevant planning controls and related local issues prior to the lodging a DA.

    Council will provide Minutes of the meeting, highlighting relevant controls, providing recommendations and indicating design changes that may be needed to improve the quality of a proposal.

    There is no mandatory requirement to have a DAP meeting prior to making a development application. DAP meetings are however encouraged by Council as the most appropriate means of dealing with enquiries of a complex or site-specific nature, or where formal feedback is being sought from Council on a specific development concept or proposal plan.

    Bookings are essential.

    Development Advisory Panel - Request for meeting(PDF, 226KB)