Lodge a Development Application Online

All Development Applications within Burwood Council are managed online through the NSW Planning Portal.

Submit your Development Application online

Applications on paper will not be accepted.

The Burwood Development Control Plan can be viewed here 

What supporting information do I need?

When submitting a Development Application, you will need:

  • Statement of environmental effects
  • Consent of all owners 
  • Cost estimate report
  • A digital 3D model is required to be submitted for all Major Development (see “Digital 3D Development Applications Model Specifications for further information)
  • A set of fully dimensioned plans at 1:100 scale or larger including: site plan, floor plan, sections and elevations
  • An A4 sized plan for public notification showing the height and external configuration of the building
  • The plans need to be coloured for any alterations and/or additions to an existing building
  • A copy of Survey plan with contours, north point, existing trees and structures and adjoining buildings identified for new developments
  • A registered Quantity Surveyor’s Development Cost/Capitol Investment Value (CIV) for developments in excess of $500,000 in accordance with Council’s Section 94A Contributions Plans (not including dwelling houses)
  • Landscaping plans with all new dwelling, medium density housing and commercial developments
  • A copy of Waste Management Plan based on the provisions of Waste Management in Council’s DCP
  • Plan of any new driveway and identify any existing street trees
  • A set of Stormwater Drainage Concept plans for new buildings and alterations and additions, in accordance with Councils Stormwater Management Code
  • Concept electrical plan/liaison with Energy Australia
  • A set of shadow diagrams for any new developments of two storeys or more
  • A copy of Statement of Environmental Effects to accompany applications (except for minor domestic applications)
  • A copy of Heritage Impact Statement for all Heritage premises and for those adjoining and in the immediate vicinity of Heritage items
  • Locality/site analysis statement for new commercial or residential developments
  • A precise schedule of External finishes colours and materials for multi-dwellings and mixed use developments (such information may be lodged in electronic format
  • A set of Building Specifications (including materials used) for new building work
  • A copy of Basix Certificate. (New Homes & Dual Occupancies, alterations and additions over $50,000 and work involving a swimming pool with a capacity of 40,000 litres or more)
  • Acid Sulfates Soils Management Plan prepared in accordance with the Acid Sulfate Soil
  • Manual for all land classed as Level 4
  • Fire safety measures to be provided
  • Access and facilities for disabled persons to be provided

 Major Developments

  • A precise schedule of External Finishes Colours and Materials for multi-dwellings and mixed use developments (such information may be lodged in electronic format).
  • SEPP 65 Certification for Residential Flats comprising a design verification statement from a registered architect for buildings with a residential component of three storeys or more.
  • Building Height Plane (BHP) diagram together with BHP formula, prepared by an accredited architect, in line with the Burwood Town Centre Local Environmental Plan 2010 (BTC LEP) and Development Control Plan Part 36 – Burwood Town Centre (DCP part 36).
  • Voluntary Planning agreement (VPA) for car parking contributions lodged with DA (does not apply to major development) in lieu of providing parking on-site of development.
  • 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 Improvements and street front setbacks in accordance with requirements of BTC LEP and DCP Part 36.
  • Has a Pre Application Meeting been held? Y N
  • Completion of Disclosure of Political Donations & Gifts Statement? Y N


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”


A Pre-Development Application may be lodged to Council. Charges apply for this service.

Pre- Development Application Form