Development Assessment eSymposium

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Have you submitted a development application to Byron Shire Council? Or have you been involved in the development assessment and building process?

Was it easy dealing with Council or did you find it difficult or challenging?

As part of a review of our Development Services Council is looking for feedback on your experiences and any suggestions you may have around development assessment and the associated approvals processes.

The intention of the eSymposium is to:

  • Share past experiences (including what has worked well and what hasn’t)
  • Review current requirements, processes, fees and charges;
  • Consider and recommend efficiencies;
  • Investigating innovative or different processes implemented elsewhere;
  • Share challenges and difficulties arising from requirements from higher levels of Government (ie. State Government).

The whole community is invited to get involved and provide feedback on our services, your experiences and any suggestions you may have around development assessment and the associated approvals processes. We're looking to hear from everyone - consultants, 'mum & dad' applicants, builders, certifiers, plumbers, anyone who has a story to tell or is interested in helping us to improve what we do.

A brief overview of Development Assessment in NSW and Council's Certification program is provided below.


What you can do?

  • Take a Survey on your experiences submitting development applications or building certification certificates.
  • Visit our Guest book and give us feedback on your past experiences - the good, the bad or the ugly.
  • Go to the Ideas board and leave your ideas - no matter how far-fetched, on how we can do it better.

The results will be reported to Council and where relevant, used to improve our services.

Have you submitted a development application to Byron Shire Council? Or have you been involved in the development assessment and building process?

Was it easy dealing with Council or did you find it difficult or challenging?

As part of a review of our Development Services Council is looking for feedback on your experiences and any suggestions you may have around development assessment and the associated approvals processes.

The intention of the eSymposium is to:

  • Share past experiences (including what has worked well and what hasn’t)
  • Review current requirements, processes, fees and charges;
  • Consider and recommend efficiencies;
  • Investigating innovative or different processes implemented elsewhere;
  • Share challenges and difficulties arising from requirements from higher levels of Government (ie. State Government).

The whole community is invited to get involved and provide feedback on our services, your experiences and any suggestions you may have around development assessment and the associated approvals processes. We're looking to hear from everyone - consultants, 'mum & dad' applicants, builders, certifiers, plumbers, anyone who has a story to tell or is interested in helping us to improve what we do.

A brief overview of Development Assessment in NSW and Council's Certification program is provided below.


What you can do?

  • Take a Survey on your experiences submitting development applications or building certification certificates.
  • Visit our Guest book and give us feedback on your past experiences - the good, the bad or the ugly.
  • Go to the Ideas board and leave your ideas - no matter how far-fetched, on how we can do it better.

The results will be reported to Council and where relevant, used to improve our services.

  • Development Assessment

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    Planning in NSW is predominantly governed by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation).NSW DPIE, Best Practice Guide

    Byron Shire Council aims to protect and enhance the natural and built environment of the Shire, whilst meeting the needs of existing and future generations, by managing development using Local and State Government legislation and Council’s own strategies and policies. Council’s policies seek to ensure that development complements, retains and reinforces Byron Shire’s sense of place and identity. At the local level, these primarily include the:

    Other local plans and policies adopted by Council support the above, including the Byron Shire Contributions Plan, Rural Land Use Strategy, Business and Industrial Lands Strategy and More.

    State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance. The full text of SEPPs is available on the NSW Legislation Website.

    Council must balance the planning controls, along with community expectations when assessing development applications to ensure the best possible outcome.

  • Building Certification

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    When it comes to building certification, you have the choice whether you use Council or another registered building certifier to issue the certificate and carry out inspections on the works.

    Councils certifiers aim is to simplify the process for simple residential development such a single dwellings, alterations and additions and the like to enable the building work to get underway. We are a one-stop-shop service for residential and commercial building companies, home builders and renovators by taking care of all certifying and approval requirements.

    Our clients gain a huge advantage because our staff work in a local government environment, and have intimate knowledge of building regulations, construction standards and development consent requirements.

    Our certification team has introduced some improvements over the past 12 months that will see a simpler process for owners, builders and other trades. These include:

    • Electronic applications using the NSW Planning Portal
    • Introduction of an online inspection booking form
    • Immediate electronic inspection result sheets

    We are asking builders, sub-contractors or anyone involved in the building process to complete our online survey letting us know of your past experiences. This will enable us to direct our further improvements to areas that need them.


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