Express development applications

Express development application (Express DA) is a fast-tracked development assessment process for low-complexity and low risk applications.

The lodgement of an Express DA is a two-part process:

Part 1:  Pre-submission review (10 business days)

Part 2:  Lodge an Express DA upon receipt of a lodgement ready letter (10-15 business days)  

For more information on the Express DA process, please review our Express development application – applicant guidelines(PDF, 2MB)

These guidelines explain:

  • Express DA process from start to finish
  • types of applications which can be processed through Express DA
  • standard of information needed to make an application.

Eligible development types

The types of applications eligible for assessment under the Express DA process are low risk, and are either: 

  • accepted to code assessment
  • code assessment 

An example of development types eligible for Express DA include:

  • dual occupancy
  • reconfiguration of a lot (up to 5 lots)
  • multiple dwelling (3 to 10 dwellings)
  • low-impact industry
  • warehouse
  • food and drink outlet
  • health care services
  • office
  • shop

Applications assessed under the Express DA process must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Express development application – applicant guidelines.

Express DA guidelines, forms, templates and resources

Visit Express development applications resources for:

  • applicant guidelines – learn about the Express DA process, eligible application types and required information
  • City Plan code templates – accepted to code assessment. These are code templates for accepted to code assessment Express DAs only
  • code template examples
  • planning report templates
  • planning report examples
  • fact sheets
  • Express DA governance framework.

Lodging an Express DA

The information below will help you to apply for an Express development application (Express DA), suitable for low complexity applications.

How to apply

Step 1. Check your eligibility

Check if your application meets the eligibility requirements detailed in the Express development application – applicant guidelines(PDF, 2MB)

Step 2. Prepare your application

Prepare your application following the Express development application resources

Step 3. Submit your application for a pre-submission review

All Express DAs must go through a pre-submission review to make sure the application has all the necessary information for assessment and is ready to lodge.

The pre-submission review is mandatory for all potential Express DA applications and can be lodged online, by mail or in person.

Step 4. Finalise your application

Once you receive a Lodgement Ready Letter from us you can lodge your application for assessment online, by mail or in person.

More information

For more information about Express DA, contact us on 1300 465 326.


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