Now that your fees have been paid, you will receive a formal Acknowledgement of Lodgement notification from Council and a formal DA identification number (e.g. DA2100001), which you can use as a reference in any future correspondence about this application.
Your application is now in a queue awaiting available officers to undertake the detailed assessment. This stage is where the most waiting on an application occurs.
The time spent in this stage depends on Council’s workload and the number of applications in the queue. Council’s approach is to assess applications in chronological order, from oldest to newest, in order of submission date. It is common for Council to have over 100 development applications under review at any one time, so it can take a while to progress through this queue.
An application can require input from a range of in-house Council specialists (including engineers, building surveyors and heritage architects) or external government agencies (such as Transport for NSW or the NSW Rural Fire Service). Any referrals required for your application will be issued to those parties at this stage so that the time your application spends in the queue is productive. This way, by the time your Assessing Officer is ready to review the application they will, hopefully, have all the necessary advice needed to assess it.
You will receive a notification if a Request for Information (RFI) is issued, or when an officer has been assigned the application for assessment. Different applications progress through different pathways of assessment. Straightforward applications for dwellings, sheds and the like may sit in this queue for some time and then quickly proceed through the following steps once at the front of the queue. However, more complex applications for multi-dwelling housing, subdivisions or commercial development may be assigned to an officer sooner because they can involve protracted negotiations and project redesign.
Council is not able to predict with confidence or make guarantees as to the timeframe required to complete the assessment of an application. However, if your application has been sitting at this status for some time, you can contact Customer Service on 6566 3200 and we can give you an indication of your place in the queue. Typically, you can expect your application to sit at this status for several weeks before progressing to the next stage. Your patience while we work through the queue is greatly appreciated.