Development Services is primarily responsible for all Planning and Building Applications submitted to Council.
Much of the Development Services Officers work involves on-site inspection of property and/or work in progress. Therefore, in order for Council's Officers to provide you with optimum service, you are encouraged to make a prior appointment by phoning Council on 08 8553 4500.
For ease of communication should you need information please contact:
If you intend to carry out any form of development, including new building work, internal and external alterations and additions, excavations as well as changes in land use, you must first obtain Development Approval.
Applications for development will be assessed against the policies contained in the Council's Development Plan and the Building Code of Australia. To be assessed, applications must be accompanied by a completed Development Application Form, adequate plans and details, and the required fees.
A copy of the Development Application form can be obtained from the Council Office in Kingscote or by downloading the form by clicking on the link above.
If you are unsure as to whether your project requires Council approval or have any enquiries, contact Council's Development Services on 08 8553 4500.
Minimum standards and a minimum requirement in terms of information apply when you are lodging an application for development consent.
To assist you with meeting these requirements we have developed guidelines for you to follow when compiling your application. These guidelines are available HERE or by phoning Melissa on 08 8553 4500.
Please contact Development Services on 08 8553 4500 if you are unsure of the level of information you should be including in your application. Incomplete or unclear applications usually incur delays and frustration on the part of all parties concerned.
Firstly, your application will be given a Development Application Number and then Registered in Council's Building Register. If you require information relating to your application, please quote this Development Application Number at the time of enquiry.
Your application is then forwarded on to the Planning Officer where it is assessed to ensure all planning issues have been addressed.
Upon approval from the Planning Officer, your application is then passed on to our Building Officer (if you are not using a Private Certifier) who will make sure all of the details are supplied and conform to the many aspects of the Building Legislation.
If the cost of construction is more than $15,000 a Construction Industry Training Fund Levy must be paid direct to the Construction Industry Training Board (which is calculated at 0.25% of the cost of the building). They will send back several copies and the yellow copy should be forwarded to Council as proof of payment. These forms are available at the Council office if you require. This payment can also be paid on the website www.citb.org.au and a copy of the receipt forwarded to Council.
If you are not an owner builder a Builders Indemnity Insurance Certificate will also be required from your builder when work exceed $12,000.
There are many requirements when lodging a development application and to make the process smoother we recommend you obtain a brochure which includes a checklist of details needed to assess the application.
Whilst your building application is being processed, your septic tank application will also need to be processed so it is a good idea to lodge this at the same time so as not to hold up the final approval.
The Development application fees are included on the Development Application form. Please click HERE to download the form.
Please remember when you are undertaking your development, legislation requires that you notify Council's Development Services to undertake inspections of the building work by giving one business days notice prior to the following: