Development - Development Applications & Construction Certificates

Please note that certain minor works do not require any approval from Council and are known as "exempt development". The simplest way to obtain Council approval for basic residential development is usually via a Complying Development Certificate application. More information on exempt development and Complying Development Certificates is available from the NSW Department of Planning web site at

More complex development proposals must have prior approval from Walgett Shire Council via a Development Application and Construction Certificate application.  An approved Development Application allows land to be legally used for particular purposes and/or undertake a subdivision. If an approval is issued, it is usually subject to certain conditions, such as limiting the hours of operation and requiring building inspections to be undertaken at certain stages of construction.  More information can be obtained from brochure and forms below.


 As a new service to residents Council wishes to invite all those planning to submit a development application, whether in the early or late stages of preparation, to contact Council for a confidential pre-lodgement meeting with Council Planning & Building staff.

 The Pre-DA is a service for potential applicants to seek feedback on specific concept plans for specific sites. At the pre-DA advice meeting we will discuss the relevant planning policies against which your proposal will be assessed as well as comment on those aspects of a proposal which are non-compliant with Council’s controls.

A pre-lodgement meeting provides the prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal. This occurs following a preliminary assessment by staff of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. Although pre-lodgement meetings are not mandatory, this service is encouraged by Council because:

  •  It's the most appropriate and transparent means of dealing with enquires of a complex or site-specific nature, or where formal feedback is being sought on a specific development concept or proposed plan;
  •  The pre-DA advice meeting will be attended by Council staff who will be assessing the application;
  • It's an opportunity for Council to advise the applicant of strategic objectives for the development of the area;
  • It allows for any potential issues to be dealt with prior to the formal lodgement of a DA; and
  • It enables Council to provide relevant information to the applicant to assist in resolving any issues prior to lodging an application.

 Applicants may also chose to attend additional Pre-DA meetings as required. Conducting a pre-lodgement meeting may assist in reducing the assessment times of DAs. Where possible, during the pre-lodgement meeting, Council officers will suggest alternative and acceptable solutions for the applicant to consider, which could reduce project costs.

 A pre-lodgement meeting is for discussion and clarification purposes only and may not identify all possible issues. It is not, in any way, intended to pre-empt a final decision in relation to a development application. Where possible, we will endeavour to provide you with a level of certainty about your proposal, but we cannot give absolute commitment. Views of the community, Councillors and other government authorities are not able to be taken into account in the pre-DA consultation process.

 Please contact Council’s Administration Services Officer Lyn Douglas on 0268 286 144 to arrange an appointment with Council’s Planning & Building staff.

Fees are calculated on a scale based on the estimated cost of development. The fees can be calculated for you should you attend a Pre-Lodgement Meeting, or alternatively, you can call Council's Planning and Regulatory Services Department to obtain a written fee quotation.

The cost must be a true market cost for the work, including all materials and labour costs and including all work necessary to complete the development. Please Note: If the estimated total cost appears to be too low, Council may determine the cost of the work against current industry construction costs.

 If your application is incomplete, it will not be accepted and will be returned to you - please arrange a pre-development application (DA) submission meeting to avoid this problem.

Payment of the fees is required at the time of lodgement. Lodgement of the development application will be delayed until all fees are paid.

Payment Options:
• Cheque - Make cheques payable to 'Walgett Shire Council'
• Cash and EFTPOS - Only for applications lodged in person.
• Credit Cards - Mastercard & Visa can be taken over the phone (once application has been received).

Please contact the Planning & Regulatory Services staff at Walgett Shire Council for any further assistance.

Contact Details

Environmental Services

Phone: 02 6828 1399