Pre-lodgement meetings and advice can help streamline the DA process


Pre-lodgement meetings for large DAs

In order to get a speedy resolution for your development application or building works, a pre-lodgement meeting can help. This is generally for large DAs.

This gives you the chance to talk face-to-face about your proposal and clarify what Council expectations are for the lodgement of your DA. Pre-lodgement meetings can help you avoid delays, unnecessary financial loss and even refusal of an application.

Please complete a pre-lodgement application and submit together with supporting documentation and the relevant fees. Council will then contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time.

Pre-lodgement Advice Application

Pre-lodgement Meetings Fact Sheet


Pre-lodgement meetings for minor DAs

This service is aimed at small-scale residential projects such as new dwellings, dual occupancies and small business applications such as a change of use. This is a free service for meetings of up to 30 minutes where potential applicants will have an opportunity to meet with Council staff to discuss their proposal.

Applicants should bring any preliminary plans or sketches. To book an appointment, phone 1300 87 83 87.


Pre-lodgement advice

If you need advice about a DA or building/construction matter, you can phone Council’s Development and Compliance staff between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 1300 87 83 87.

If our staff are out on a job or unavailable, they will call you back within 48 hours.

You can also talk to our Duty Planner anytime between 8.30am and 10.30am on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday without a prior appointment at our Corporate Centre in Goonellabah. This is a free service and the advice session is generally limited to 15 minutes. You can also book an appointment outside these hours that suits you.

Our Duty Planner can provide basic preliminary development advice regarding:

  • Exempt and complying development.
  • Planning controls and the application/approval process apply to your property/proposal.
  • Information you will need to submit with your DA.
  • Any other questions you may have.