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.


For all matters 'planning' the NSW Government has developed a Planning Portal. The Portal can be accessed via the link below, and can be used free of charge and without having to create a login.

You can do a search of your property to check the land zoning, development controls, and even determine if your development may be exempt from the planning process.

Visit the NSW Planning Portal here -


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 lodge 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.

Council has developed their own Development Application Guide to further assist you with your application, and help provide detailed, sufficient applications for development in the Lockhart LGA. A copy of the guide is available here.


The following forms are available for download to assist those wishing to apply for development consent, or to gain further information relating to your property.

The Application for Development/Construction is the main form that you will require. It allows you to apply for consent to develop, build, subdivide, or undertake associated works activities (connect to sewer, stormwater, install a wood heater etc.).

A Statement of Environmental Effects must accompany every application, and it used to provide greater detail on your proposed works, and the implications that may result. Please complete a Statement of Environmental Effects form and return it to Council with your Development/Construction application form.

Forms for Download

If additional information is required please contact the Environmental Services Department by email: or at the Council office.


Upon submitting a development application to Council, payment of fees will apply.

The cost of fees is determined by a number of variables, including the estimated cost of development, and the type of development (construction, subdivision etc.).

Contact Council to get a formal schedule of fees that will be applicable to your development.

Fees can be paid either at the Council Office during business hours, or by direct deposit (please contact Council for banking details).



The New South Wales Parliament applies a levy on building and construction work costing $25,000 and above (inclusive of GST) in New South Wales. The levy is paid into a fund administered by the Long Service Corporation, and from this fund, the Corporation makes long service payments to building and construction workers.

The current levy rate is 0.35 % of the value of building and construction works costing $25,000 or more (inclusive of GST), and can be paid along with your development application fees at the time of submission.


On 17 August 2020 Council adopted the Lockhart Shire Development Contributions Plan 2020. Formulated under Section 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Plan enables Council to charge a levy on developments as a means of funding improvements to local infrastructure and services.  This new Plan replaces the previous Plan which was adopted in 2015.

Click  here to view the Development Contributions Plan 2020


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.

Approved Development Applications

Pursuant to Section 4.59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the following applications for consent were approved by Council during the month of March 2021. The below consents are available for public inspection by contacting Council between 9am and 4.30pm weekdays on 02 6920 5305.

Peter Veneris, General Manager.