Building & Development

Welcome to Lockhart Shire Council's Building and Development Section.

On this page, and under the 'Development' heading of this site, you will find some handy resources to assist you with your planning enquiries, as well as forms and guides for your proposed or current development.

Did you know that some minor works may be exempt for the requirement for Development Consent? Such works can include installation of BBQs, mailboxes, driveways, and some garden sheds and building alterations.

To find out if your proposed development is 'exempt' development, use Council's e-Planning tools located under the 'Development' Section of this website. Alternatively, contact the Council Office for further assistance.

If you are planning any major building works, including for a retail outlet, swimming pool, subdivision or dwelling, you will require development consent from Council. To gain consent, you will be required to apply for a development application (DA).

The Development Application process in NSW can be tricky and overwhelming, so the NSW Department of Planning and Environment have provided a guide to assist you.

Development Applications

An applicant wishing to undertake any building work needs to lodge a Development Application (DA) with Council. Council has developed our own Development Application Guide to further assist you with your application, and help provide detailed, sufficient applications. A copy of the guide is available here, or from the 'Building and Development Forms' page.

At minimum, Council requires a Development Application to include the following information:

1.       At least three (3) copies of plans showing the size and uses of any building or rooms. PLANS MUST BE DRAWN TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD AND TO SCALE (1:100)

2.       Two (2) copies of the specifications, describing the constructions and materials of which the structure is to be built.

3.       Three (3) copies of the site plan showing the location of the proposed structure in relation to all boundaries and other structures on the site (Scale 1:500 or 1:200)

4.       BASIX Certificate

5.       For any development other than residential, additional information as indicated on the development application form is required.

Development Application forms are available from the 'Building & Development Forms' section of this site. Please download and complete a form, and return to the Council Office along with all supporting information.

Pre-lodgement Appointments

It is highly recommended that, prior to lodging your development application, you book an appointment with Council's Environmental Services team.

Pre-lodgement appointments are a great way to go through your application with Council's staff, and can speed up the application process by ensuring that all supporting information is supplied together at the time of lodgement.

To book a pre-lodgement meeting, contact Council's Environmental Services team during normal business hours on (02) 6920 5305.

Construction Certificates

A Construction Certificate must be applied for and approved by either Council or a Private Accredited certifier prior to any building work being undertaken.

To ensure minimal delays, simply check the box for 'Construction Certificate' when completing your Development Application form, and use the guiding checklist to ensure you provide all structural certification, specifications and flooring plans.

Development Application Tracker

Council's planning staff are required to assess your application, to ensure responsible development within the shire. Development Application tracking (DA Tracking) is a free service providing fast, convenient access to DA status and information, 24/7.   Use the Development Application Tracker to track the progress of your DA.