Step 2: Preparing an application
Once you have determined that a Development Application is needed from Council, you will need to begin preparing the required plans and forms. Preparing a successful design is not a simple process. There are many factors to consider that come with fully understanding relevant guidelines, policies and legislation.
Preparing an Application
Producing a good design and a complete application helps us assess applications and reduces approval times. This is why you should consider using a professional to assist in preparing your plans and application. Depending on the type of development, this could include an architect, building designer, town planning consultant or an engineer.
The following is typically required for a residential Development Application.
- Site Plan
- Floor Plan
All plans are to be to scale.
pre-lodgement advice service is aimed at providing potential applicants
with the opportunity to obtain written advice from or meet with
planning officers regarding their proposal, identify key areas of
concern, and gain an understanding of the Council's development application
Planning applicants and agents often request advice on
whether a particular proposal is likely to be successful. This is a
valuable process because it can identify improvements needed to a scheme
prior to submission and can save people submitting applications that
have little or no prospect of success.
Whilst the outcome of a
development application cannot be guaranteed, it is more likely to
succeed if it is well prepared, aligns with the Council’s planning
framework and properly addresses and responds to relevant issues raised
at pre-lodgement stage. This should also ensure the quicker delivery of
decisions, time and cost savings and higher quality developments.
The Heritage Advisory Service offers free professional advice from Forbes Shire Council's Heritage Advisor who visits Forbes every second month. The advisory service is available to owners who want to renovate or redevelop private homes or commercial buildings, occupiers of buildings with historical significance, or owners of movable heritage items who want to undertake conservation work.
This advice can include the topics of colour schemes, extensions, verdandahs, awnings and fences as well as more comprehensive advice on the integration of new development in heritage conservation areas.
The free advice which is provided is of a general nature and should be considered as the starting point for more extensive work that may require an architect, builder or designer.