Development Applications or DA’s are sets of documents collated by us at the end of a Concept and Schematic Design stage. They are submitted to the relevant local authority, with the necessary forms and fee payment, for review and approval. Just before these documents are finalised, we will often informally meet with a planning officer from the Council to review the design work, report back to our Clients with any comments made and then seek approval to formally submit an application. We find that this helps the DA process and can reduce the time taken for approval to be granted. A development application approval can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks to process for residential or simple commercial projects.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that commissioning an architect for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions that we at Paterson Group Architects (PGA) are most commonly asked before and during the process.