An application must address Council Policies and the relevant legislation.
Designs and plans need to consider the rules and regulations that apply to your proposal and you must identify the relevant ones before you can start your design process. Time can be saved by checking the controls before starting an application to prevent designs having to be changed later in the process.
Carrying out building works without approval can result in the imposition of fines, demolition of the unauthorised works and jeopardise the future sale of the property.
Discussing your ideas with Council staff will minimise the likelihood of you proposing to build something that Council is unlikely to approve, saving you time. Your initial enquiries should be with Council's Duty Building or Planning Officer at Council's Administration Centre.
Council encourages you to engage a professional to prepare your plans. The plans must contain all relevant information as outlined in Council's Development Application Checklist.
Investing in a draftsperson or architect will often produce a better design and clearer plans that contain all the information required.
Council cannot recommend architects, however, the following resources may help you find people with design experience. Whoever you choose, ask them to show you examples of their finished work before you employ them. Poor quality plans may result in rejection of applications or delays in processing time.
Talk to your neighbours about your plans and consider their needs before preparing a final plan. You need to consider how your proposal will affect them; for example, are there any issues of buildings overlooking or overshadowing other properties?
Council may notify your neighbours, by letter, about your proposal. If neighbours have concerns about the proposal it could delay processing while changes are discussed, or lead to the refusal of your application. A co-operative approach in the early stages will help avoid this problem.
Development Advisory Meetings (DAM), also known as “Pre-lodgement meetings”, are held between people intending to develop within Fairfield City and who are looking for advice and help from Council planning and building staff before lodging development applications.
Development Advisory Meetings help to:
- Identify important issues that need to be considered and addressed in development applications;
- Meet planning objectives in Council’s Local Environmental Plan and check that applicable Development Control Plans have been met and are understood;
- Make the design and development assessment process clearer to someone who is developing in the City for the first time or for sites with exceptional characteristics such as heritage or environmental impacts, and
- Minimise processing times and the need to modify proposals.
While every care is given to provide advice at Development Advisory Meetings, applicants must ensure they understand site constraints, zoning and development control requirements. It helps to engage professionally qualified people with a portfolio of successful and well-designed developments to prepare applications.
For additional information regarding Development Advisory Meetings please contact Council's Customer Service team on 9725 0222.
Once you have settled on a proposal and received your final plans from the architect, you are ready to submit your application and any accompanying forms to Council.
Fees are based on the cost of works. The cost of works must include labour and material costs.
If the application is not complete, Council may not accept it. Please remember that the standards for submission of applications exist so Council does not need to pursue information after applications are lodged.
After the assessment of your proposal and where an approval is granted, the development approval will have a number of conditions attached. It is crucial you read and understand all of them.
Failure to meet any requirements could see your development halted or fines imposed.
If you have any queries about any condition or the approval process in general please contact Council's Customer Service Team on 9725 0222.