Council provides two services to assist you with your pre development application (pre-DA) requirements. Find out more
When considering what development may be permitted on your land you should consider the following matters:
What type of development would be suitable?
Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) provide guidance to the form of acceptable development. To understand the Newcastle LEP 2012 both the written document and maps that make up the LEP must be reviewed.
A link to LEP maps relating to each suburb can be found:
- on the right hand side of each suburb page
- on the official NSW legislation website in connection with the Newcastle LEP 2012.
The maps referred to in Newcastle LEP 2012 are listed below. The map name consists of:
- an alpha prefix identifying the map type (e.g. land zoning, floor space ratio, height of buildings, etc) and
- an alpha numeric number identifying its location in the city of Newcastle. Once you have identified the applicable map number (e.g. 004C) it will be the same for each map type.
The available maps from the LEP are listed below, more information and a brief explanation of their application can be found here. The ‘key’ to the maps are located within the left hand column of each individual map.
- The Land Zoning (Map Prefix: LZN_)
- Floor Space Ratio (FSR) (Map Prefix: FSR_)
- Height of Buildings (Map Prefix: HOB_)
- Lot Size (Map Prefix: LSZ_)
- Heritage (Map Prefix: HER_)
- Acid Sulfate Soils (Map Prefix: ASS_)
- Wickham Redevelopment Area (Map Prefix: WRA_)
- Land Reservation Acquisition (Map Prefix: LRA_)
- Newcastle City Centre – 'Key Site' (Map Prefix: CL1_)
- Urban Release (Map Prefix: URA_)
The above information is also available by purchasing a S149 Planning Certificate for the parcel of land.
The DCP also provides guidelines to enable you to prepare your development application. The most commonly referred to include:
- Section 3.02 Single Dwelling
- Section 3.03 Dual Occupancy and Semi-Detached Dwellings
- Section 4.01 Flood Management
- Section 7.03 Traffic, Parking and Access
- Section 7.06 Stormwater
Council is currently undertaking a trial where fifteen minute appointments are available with Council's Duty Officer who can assist you with general advice about preparing a development application. To ensure you make the most of your time with the Duty Officer, it is recommended that you review the LEP maps applicable to the site and relevant sections of the DCP. More information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (56.7 KB). To make an appointment call 4974 2732 or 4974 2036. For more detailed information you are advised to utilise Council’s Pre- DA advisory service.
Other matters that need to be considered
Determine if any restrictions need to be considered when developing your land. Typical restrictions include:
- Bushfire zones
- Flooding - apply for a Flood Information Certificate
- Coastal erosion impacts (The only properties impacted are some coastal properties in Stockton)
- Mines Subsidence - District Map or the Newcastle CBD Map
- Geo-technical restrictions
Most of these restrictions will be indicated in a 149 certificate, alternatively check the maps on Council’s web pages. Your development must be designed with any land constraints taken into consideration.
What are the likely impacts on the streetscape and the neighbouring properties?
Does the development fit into the streetscape? Will the neighbouring properties be impacted by overshadowing, a loss of privacy?
It is advised to discuss the application with your neighbours prior to finalising your design. Early discussions with your neighbours will resolve the issues and give you the opportunity to explain your plans to your neighbours and to resolve any issues, reducing the likelihood of delays in the processing of the application.