Application information

Do I need development consent? 

If you're planning to build or renovate in Lake Macquarie, it's likely you'll need to gain development consent from Council. To obtain development consent, you will need to lodge a Development Application with Council via the NSW Planning Portal. For advice on whether your development requires consent, contact our Customer Service Centre. 

If construction works are proposed as part of the development, you can apply for a Construction Certificate at the same time as your DA or once the DA has been approved.

What influences the type of approval required?  

Several factors influence what approvals are required for a proposed development.

  • The proposed development must be consistent with its land zoning and be permitted in the zone where it is to occur.
  • The property conditions of the proposed development must be suitable given any flooding, bushfire, heritage, contamination, geotechnical, ecological and other constraints that apply to the property.
  • The planning controls applicable to the land and the type of development proposed will affect the type of approval required.
  • Any existing approvals that apply to the property will influence what additional approvals may be required for the proposed development.

What happens after I lodge an application?

After lodging through the NSW Planning Portal, we will confirm we have received your application and provide the details of the responsible officer who will assess your application. They will then review the information and documentation provided, and may request additional information if necessary. You are able to track your application via our Application Enquiry tool.

During the assessment process, a site inspection will be carried out and submissions from the public and internal/external referrals will be received. A formal assessment against all relevant legislation will be completed and a report prepared with recommendations for approval (with conditions) or refusal (with reasons).

Online development tools

Application enquiry

Using our Application Enquiry tool, you can:

  • submit your support or objection to a Development Application during the notification process
  • track the progress of Development Applications that are under assessment
  • access records of determined applications and certificates submitted since 1980

You can search by property address or application number, or search for a list of applications lodged within a date range.

The Application Enquiry tool displays documents regarding development applications and related certificates submitted from 1 January 1980. The information is made available under the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Personal information of third parties, Aboriginal heritage reports, survey reports or internal floor plans are not published on the web and can be formally requested under the GIPA Act. Further information can be found at Access to information – Building and Development.

Application enquiry

Property enquiry

Property Enquiry is our tool for viewing information on conditions that apply to land and property, including permitted development and maps.

Property enquiry

Flood report

Lake Macquarie City Council's free Flood Report Tool provides information about the flood hazard for a specified property (lot) in Lake Macquarie City. This information may be useful when assessing risk for building or planning, or for providing evidence to help reduce insurance premiums.

Flood report tool

Geotechnical mapping

Lake Macquarie City Council's Geotechnical Mapping Tool provides information about the Geotechnical zones applicable for a specified property in Lake Macquarie City. This information along with the Geotechnical Guidelines(PDF, 1MB) may be useful when determining what documents are required to be lodged with your development application.

Geotechnical mapping

ePlanning Spatial Viewer (NSW)

The ePlanning Spatial Viewer is the NSW Planning Portal's digital mapping service. It provides up-to-date information on how planning controls and other planning matters affect a given property and the surrounding area.

ePlanning Spatial Viewer


Where can I get further advice? 

It can be daunting to try and determine what approval you need and how to obtain it. Contact our Customer Service Centre via email or call 4921 0333. You may then be referred to a Building or Duty Officer who can provide further advice or book an appointment to discuss in person.

Depending on the complexity or size of the development proposal, you may be recommended to book a pre-lodgement or concept meeting for detailed advice. Obtaining the correct advice before lodging your application can save time and money later in the process. You may also wish to engage the services of a specialist consultant, such as a town planner, surveyor or architect, to assist you in preparing your application.