Pre-lodgement Meetings

Pre-lodgement meetings are recommended if you intend to lodge a Development Application (DA) in order to obtain feedback on initial design concepts and Council's technical requirements.

How to Submit Your Pre-lodgement Application

Pre-lodgement applications are to be submitted electronically on a CD or USB in accordance with Council's Electronic Lodgement of Development Applications Fact Sheet (refer PDF below).


Pre-lodgement meeting fees are in accordance with Council's adopted fees and charges. Current rates are as follows:

  • $125 (incl. GST) for minor development including dwelling houses
  • $737 (incl. GST) for all other development including residential flat buildings, mixed-use development, industrial and commercial development, dual-occupancy, and multi-dwelling housing.
Payment Methods

Payment can be made at Council's Customer Service Centre by the following methods: cash, eftpos, cheque or money order (made payable to Strathfield Council) or by credit card - American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or Visa.  

Meeting Timings

Once an application is received by Council, meetings are generally organised by the Planner within two (2) weeks.

What Information is Required?
  • Site plan, floor plans, elevations and sections for all proposed buildings (scale of 1:100 or 1:200 at A3)
  • Site and context analysis (refer below)
  • Stormwater concept diagram
  • Materials, colours and finishes schedule
  • Access and parking arrangements
  • Draft landscape plan
  • Photographs of the site and surrounding area
  • Streetscape analysis showing a minimum of two buildings either side
  • Non-compliances/variations from Council's planning controls.
  • Design issues that need to be discussed
  • Details of any likely issues such as heritage, traffic, stormwater drainage, infrastructure needs, landscaping matters and environmental impacts 
  • Any other information you feel Council may need to assess your application
Site and Context Analysis

Good urban design improves the quality of the urban environment, its amenity, attractiveness, efficiency and cohesion. Successful integration of private buildings with the Public Domain requires care and skill in the design phase of any development.

Critical to this is context and site analysis involving a consideration of how the proposed development will respond to site constraints and integrate with the surrounds.

A site analysis should be prepared using a survey as a base and include the following:

  • Site dimensions and area
  • Existing structures
  • Location of nearby heritage items or conservation areas
  • Any easements and/or rights of carriageway
  • Landscape features, steep slopes and existing vegetation on or near the site including trees to be retained or removed
  • All adjoining properties, buildings and window opening locations
  • Bar scale with text note and north point
  • Important views to and from the site
  • Contours and wind direction
  • Soils and areas of site contamination
  • Noise sources at and external to the site (including railway lines, arterial roads etc.)
  • Opportunities and constraints for development