Benefits of Engaging a Town Planner

For exempt development, complying development and simpler development applications, you can do the majority of the work yourself and save costs. A quick call to your local council or a planning consultant at the start of your process can point you in the right direction.

For more complicated development applications, specialist planning advice is highly recommended. In theory, anyone can prepare and lodge a DA, and we hope that the information we’ve provided here proves useful for those who want to go it alone. In reality, a DA can be a large project to manage (almost as large a project as the development itself!) and engaging a town planner will ensure that your development application process is as pain-free as possible.

Save Time

We could be wrong, but we’re sure that you don’t want to spend hours searching for the pieces of legislation that are relevant to your project. Your local council may have dozens of DCPs. An experienced planner can locate the right ones for you in minutes.

If you’re trying to work out whether you can do exempt or complying development, you’ll need to look at the Codes SEPP, which aims to simplify the planning process. It’s a 173-page document, written in specialised and sometimes confusing language. A planner can wade through legislation like this for you.

A town planner can take care of your development application from start to finish, filling out forms, writing statements and reports, engaging consultants and liaising with council.

Reduce Costs

A town planner will be able to subcontract the necessary consultants for your DA, ensuring you get high quality reports at reasonable rates.

Prevent Delays

Planners have detailed knowledge of exactly what council will be looking for when they assess your development. A skilled planner will ensure that your DA contains all the necessary information and supporting documentation, presented according to council standards.

 Why Choose The Design Partnership?

Expert Advice. Our Senior Planner, Andrew Neil, previously worked on the Codes SEPP at the NSW Department of Planning, making him one of only a handful of private sector consultants with first-hand experience of this important piece of legislation. He is fluent in the language of planning, and an expert on Exempt and Complying Development.

Honesty. We will always try to get your development approved in the easiest, quickest and most affordable way possible. If reducing the area of your deck by 1m2 will allow you to do exempt development and save you going through the expensive and lengthy DA process, we’ll tell you.

No Upselling. We’ve heard strong anecdotal evidence that other planning consultants will advise clients to go through the DA process when their proposed works could be assessed as exempt or complying development. While this could make us a few thousand dollars, we’d rather you kept that money in your pocket for your next building project.

Full Service. Our experienced urban design team can also provide you with architectural drawings, landscape plans, design advice, CPTED reports, heritage impact statements, visual impact assessments, photomontages and 3D modelling.

Strong ties with leading consultants. We can save you the time and effort of finding the right consultant for your geotechnical reports, bushfire reports, flora and fauna reports, traffic studies and the like.

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