Development Application (DA) Process

These pages provide a summary of the development process at Willoughby City Council. Council wishes to inform residents and any other interested persons about the steps in the process and particularly, how and when they can be involved.

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Development Application Overview
Find out how development applications are assessed at Willoughby City Council. Our flowchart shows you the main steps from lodging until determination of an application.
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Electronic Application Requirements
Find out what are the requirements for lodging digital files with your development application
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Frequently asked questions
Find answers to some commonly asked questions on the development application process at Willoughby City Council.
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Need to talk to someone about your plan?
It’s a good idea to talk to Council officers before lodging your Development Application or Complying Development Certificate. Council officers can explain what is permitted on a site and what factors are taken into consideration when determining an application.