Development Application (DA) Approval Management

Get expert help for your Council Approval.
We help you get it right from the start.

A complete management service for your Council Approval

Approved do it for you by coordinating and submitting all of the necessary information required for Council approval, avoiding potentially costly time delays and getting your development project off the ground quickly and efficiently.

We are experts in Development Approvals (DA) and can help you navigate the complex requirements of the NSW Government and local Councils.  

With our help, you can avoid costly delays and get your project moving forward.

We help you get it right from the start.

We do all the juggling for you.

We take care of just about everything required for your application to be approved, including:

  • General liaison with your local Council and sub-consultants at the Pre-DA stage, before application lodgement (as required for the project).
  • DA fee estimation from your local Council.
  • Preparation of the Statement of Environmental Effects (also referred to as ‘SEE’. The SEE will consider the application with respect to Council’s planning controls, State and Federal planning legislation, and all relevant matters that need consideration under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.
  • Preparation & coordination of other reports and additional approvals identified in the Preliminary Planning Assessment.
  • Lodgement of your DA to the NSW Planning Portal including all required documentation and commentary to support the application.
  • Follow up with Council and, if required, addressing additional information required by your local Council.

Once your DA has been approved by Council we will also organise the Construction Certificate approval for you with a Private Certifier to streamline the build process.

We help you get it right from the start

Before the formal application process, we complete our Preliminary Planning Assessment.  

The Preliminary Planning Assessment is an in-depth analysis of a project, completed by one of our qualified Town Planners.

This process will assess key factors in the application and advise if any changes to the development may be required before we submit it to your local Council.

Completing this process will increase your project's potential for a favourable outcome, ensuring you get approved in record time.

You sit back, relax & get approved

We make Council Approval easy for you.

Our team of experts have an in-depth understanding of the planning regulations in New South Wales.  

This, coupled with our use of expert Town Planners, means that you can expect a seamless application process and accelerated turnaround time for your approval.

What we do involves streamlining the process of helping homeowners who want to embark on the dream of building or renovating their new home, expanding their investment portfolio or adding extra living space to their property.

Our Approved experts help you increase the probability of getting approval, simply and easily.

The peace of mind that comes from knowing that our team will take care of the development approval process from start to finish for you is just one of the many benefits of working with us.

All we need are your architectural plans.

The Approved Portal

With the Approved portal, there is an approval professional nearby who can help with your dream project.

We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and attention to detail, and you can be assured that your project will be completed to the highest standard.

You will receive a dedicated client manager who will be the only point of contact you need to get your project across the line.

Our one-of-a-kind portal will allow you to:

  • Liaise with town planners to ensure the perfect approval pathway for your project
  • Manage all documentation and reports required for your development application
  • Keep track of every step of the process for your development application approval through your local council
  • Improve application determination times by providing quick communication every step of the way

All we need are your architectural plans

The best part of Approved is the simplicity.

All you have to do is provide us with your plans, and our expert team will handle the rest. Your dedicated Client Manager will coordinate your application every step of the way, keeping you updated on the status of your project throughout the process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What approvals will be required before we can install a manufactured home on site?

All proposals to install a manufactured home in NSW require the lodgement of a Development Application (DA) to Council, as well as an application for a Section 68 approval. A Section 68 approval is issued by Council under the Local Government Act 1993 to assess issues such as the structural integrity and proposed sewage management of manufactured homes, other moveable dwellings, and associated structures. A Construction Certificate is not required to install a manufactured home (but may be required for associated works) following a DA approval. The Section 68 application is completed in lieu of the on-site inspections associated with a Construction Certificate that would ordinarily be carried out during on-site construction. Installing a manufactured home cannot be carried out as Complying Development.

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Why Approved?

Approved delivers a unique service that provides a seamless experience, from start to finish, of the entire approval process. We set the benchmark in the planning and approval process and have built a team that accelerates the timeframes to construction. We are trusted by Australia’s largest and most recognised builders to create efficiency and consistency throughout the planning and construction phases of your project.

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Can you organise the documentation required for either type of approval pathway?

Yes we can! Regardless of what approval pathway you need (Complying Development Certificate or Development Application), your Client Manager can order, collate and submit the required documentation on your behalf.

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What is an Approval Pathway Assessment?

The Approval Pathway Assessment combines the expertise of Certifiers and Planners to provide our clients with a clear determination of the most efficient pathway for any approval, and will identify if a Complying Development certificate or Development application/Construction certificate is required. The result of the Approval Pathway Assessment enables our clients to understand the best way forward and what will be required to obtain a fast, simple approval.

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Can a dual occupancyand subdivision application be approved as Complying Development and issued a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)

Yes, subject to the permissibility requirements set out within the applicable Local Environmental Plan (LEP) at the time of the certificate being issued. An application must meet all requirements of Part 3B Low Rise Housing Diversity Code, and Part 6 Subdivisions Code, of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (referred to as the Codes SEPP). Note: LEP’s are subject to change. In a situation where permissibility for issuance of a CDC under the applicable LEP is revoked prior to the determination of an application, a CDC cannot be issued.

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What are the different planning approval pathways in NSW?

In NSW there are numerous approval pathways available: from exempt development through to complex Integrated development approval. Approved team specialises in approval pathway determination that would be required for majority of small to medium size residential and commercial developments: Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or Development Application (DA) + Construction certificate(CC).

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