Lodge a Development Application Online

All Development Applications (DAs) submitted to Burwood Council are managed through the NSW Planning Portal’s Online DA Service.

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment has prepared a useful guide to the Development Application process for small residential development and can be accessed here.

Additional information about the Online DA Service can be found on the NSW Planning Portal 

The Burwood Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Burwood Development Control Plan (DCP) can be accessed online in the ‘Planning Controls’ section of Council’s website.

Submit your Development Application online

Applications on paper will not be accepted. 

What supporting information do I need?

When submitting a Development Application, you will need:

  • A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
  • A Cost of Works estimate
  • The consent of all owners of the property.

Most Developments

  • Set of fully dimensioned plans drawn to a scale of 1:100 or larger.
  • Survey plan prepared by a registered surveyor with contours, north point, existing trees and structures and adjoining buildings identified for new developments.
  • Landscape plan for all applications where new dwelling/s are proposed.
  • Waste Management Plan relating to demolition and construction of the proposed development, based on the provisions of Waste Management in Council’s DCP.
  • Stormwater Drainage Concept plan/s for all new buildings and alterations & Additions to existing buildings, prepared in accordance with Council’s Stormwater Management Code.
  • Shadow diagrams for any developments of two (2) storeys or more in height.
  • A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) containing a planning compliance table referencing applicable state and local planning controls.
  • A Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for all developments relating to heritage items or within a heritage conservation area. A HIS may also be requested for developments that adjoin or are in the immediate vicinity of heritage items or conservation areas.
  • Site Analysis plan for applications where new dwellings are proposed, larger scale residential developments and commercial and industrial developments.
  • A Schedule of External Finishes, Colours and Materials.
  • BASIX Certificate for all applications where new dwelling/s are proposed, renovations of $50,000 or more, or installing a pool or spa of more than 40,000 litres.
  • Acid Sulfate Soil Assessment Report (may be required, depending on the type of development and the acid sulfate soil class of land).

Major Developments

  • State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 65 certification comprising a design verification statement for development for the purpose of a residential flat building, shop top housing or mixed use development with a residential accommodation component.
  • Building Height Plane (BHP) diagram prepared in accordance with the Building Height Plane Map in Council’s LEP (may be required).
  • A digital 3D model is required to be submitted for all major developments (refer to Council’s Digital 3D Development Applications Model specifications and requirements for further information).
  • A registered Quantity Surveyor’s Development Cost/Capitol Investment Value (CIV) for developments with a cost in excess of $500,000, in accordance with Council’s Contributions Plans.
  • Concept electrical plan (may be required).
  • A set of Building Specifications including materials to be used (may be required).
  • Transport, Traffic and Parking Impact Report and Management Plan prepared for all major development and all other development in the Burwood Town Centre.
  • Public Domain Plan (may be required).

Additional documents that may be required

  • Voluntary Planning agreement (VPA) for car parking contributions lodged with DAs in lieu of providing parking on-site for the development.
  • Fire safety schedule / measures / report.
  • Access Report
  • Clause 4.6 Exception to Development Standard Request.
  • Flood Management Report
  • Engineering details
  • Arborist Report
  • Parking / Swept Path Analysis / Driveway Report or Specifications
  • NCC (BCA) Report
  • Building Specifications
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Contamination / Remediation Report and Plan
  • Acoustic Report / Noise Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Crime Prevention Report
  • Plan of Management
  • 3D Model / Rendition
  • Odour Impact Assessment Report
  • Archaeological assessment

If you have any questions regarding the DA Checklist, please contact Council on 02 9911 9911 or email council@burwood.nsw.gov.au

Updated July 2022


A digital 3D model (model) is required to be submitted with all developments which are:

  1. Residential or mixed commercial/residential developments that contain four or more dwellings, and/or exceed two storeys in height.
  2. Non-residential developments i.e. commercial, institutional, educational that are more than two storeys in height.

The development application accompanying the model will not be placed on exhibition until a suitable model is submitted.

The model will become a component of Council’s Local Government Area (LGA) wide 3D model data set and may be used in Council publications, at Council’s discretion. The model will also be required to be updated to reflect the final design consistent with the application’s determination. The revised model must be received by Council prior to release of a Construction Certificate for the development. This requirement will be included in the Conditions of Consent.

Required Model Elements

The supplied model should include enough detail to determine a development’s compliance with the relevant planning objectives and strategies and give a clear indication of the architectural and urban design intent.

The model must contain the subject building and clearly show all adjoining buildings in block form and those buildings adjacent and opposite the site. Location of windows and balconies of adjacent buildings facing the site are also required to be included in the model.

Roads adjacent and bordering the development are to be included and named in the model to give the development context within the Burwood LGA and a clear indication of the north direction.

The model should be a realistic representation of the exterior of the development showing coloured materials and textures with the subject building being easily differentiated from the surrounding buildings or structures.

All models must show all architectural features of the building such as:

  • Protrusions and indents
  • Window and door openings and entry points
  • Balconies and balustrades
  • Awnings and verandahs
  • Blade or fin walls
  • Sun shading devices
  • Roof construction and/or roof features – including roof pitch and all significant features including plant enclosures, service and fire stair protrusions, terraces, flag poles or similar, shade and signage structures
  • Where communal or private open space is proposed on the roof or interim floors of a building all proposed roof structures, pergolas, stairs and lift over runs are also to be shown
  • Car parking, vehicle access and egress points
  • Signage requiring development consent

Other features which must be included are: 

  • Landscaping features of significance such as large planter boxes, however the indication of non-significant vegetation should be kept to an absolute minimum in order to not obscure the building features
  • Proposed trees to be in simple shape form to define the height and diameter of the tree crown and its location
  • Interior details are not required
  • Site topography should be modelled from an accredited and recent survey based on AHD levels
  • The site boundary and transition to adjacent public domain

File Format and Specifications

The model must be supplied in one of the following formats: 

  • 3DS
  • DWG

The model file is to be submitted in organised and logical layers, e.g. built form, landscape, topography and,

  • Must be less than 50Mb
  • Units of measure must be in metres and features must be scaled correctly at a scale of 1:1 – no resized or moved components
  • The pivot/origin point of the model must be at the centre of the subject building/development
  • Drawing elements such as text or dimensions should not be included in the submitted model
  • The model should not include references to external files

The model file name should include the development address, date of submission and the term “3D Model” as follows:

Example: “1Burwood Road_Burwood 25102013_3D Model.3ds”


Burwood Council offers a pre-DA advice service where you can lodge a preliminary application with Council to obtain advice on a proposal before you lodge a Development Application (DA). Your pre-DA application will be allocated to Council planner to assess before advice is provided. The advice will be provided in writing.

Should a meeting be required after receiving Pre-DA advice, a meeting may be arranged with a Council planner to discuss the proposal.

Pre- Development Application Form