Building in Bathurst

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Bathurst Regional Council has an efficient Department of Environment, Planning and Building Services which administers Council's Development Applications.

How does the DA process work in Bathurst?

In NSW the approval process is based on a hierarchical system where the complexity of the process is a factor of the type of development being undertaken.

Broadly these categories are:

  • Exempt development where no formal approval is required if certain preconditions are met.
  • Complying Development Certificates where approval is granted if preset criteria are met.
  • Development Applications for more complex developments.
  • Part 3A approvals for major developments of State Significance.

The differences between these different processes is outlined on the Department of Planning's website.

If you intend to carry out any form of development you must first receive approval in one form or another.

Council staff will assist in you in identifying the best way of achieving your aim to build quickly & with little fuss.

How long does a Development Application take to be approved in Bathurst?

Bathurst Council has an effective and efficient Development team which will endeavour to deal with an application in a timely manner.

The time taken to deal with a Development Application is generally a factor of the complexity of the issues, the professionalism of the applications and the need to undertake consultation with Government Departments and the public.

For Complying Development Certificates (which applies to most new dwellings in residential zones) Council can grant approval in under 24 hours.

It is recommended that if you are intending to undertake development, you seek professional advice or contact Council for any specific enquiries or for further assistance concerning the use and development of land.

Click here to download more information on the submission of development, construction certificate or Complying development applications.



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