Development advice services

Building plans

IMPORTANT: Due to the current situation with respect to COVID-19, we have made changes to our advisory services to reduce the need for face-to-face appointments.

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

Level 1 - No face-to-face appointments at this time

The first level of assistance is with Council’s Development Support Officers (DSO), where general enquiries can be answered about your property, such as zoning, constraints, permissible uses and suitable development types. Until further notice DSOs will not available for face-to-face appointments.

Level 2

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 3 - Not available at this time

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. Until further notice DAP meetings will not be held. If you need advice from our staff please submit a development related advice request.

Level 1 - Development Support Services

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.   

Use this form to submit your questions or phone 02 6626 7025 during office hours.



Level 2 - Development related advice (DRA)

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)




Level 3 - Development advisory panel (DAP)

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)