Development Consent & Approvals

Development projects with a capital value of more than $10 million are classified as a Major Project. Major Project approvals can be obtained through the NSW Department of Planning. Development projects with a capital value of less than $10 million are generally classified as either Local, Complying or Exempt.

Approval for Local Development can be obtained through Sydney Olympic Park Authority. In the case of Complying Development, a private certifier can be engaged to provide a certificate of compliance (Complying Development Certificate). Exempt development is exempted from obtaining planning consent or a building approval. Some developments may also be classified as Designated or Integrated.

All forms and relevant documents in relation to development applications can be found in the Resource Centre.

Major projects

All developments with a capital value of >$10 million to be declared a Major Project by the Minister for Planning..

More information can be obtain through NSW Department of Planning.

Type of development


Common conditions Applicant is required to meet, demonstrate compliance with, or, are constrained by 

Designated development

Example: Breweries and distilleries, Ceramic and glass industries, Contaminated soil treatment works

Integrated development

Example: Development requiring a Environmental Protection Licence from the Department of Environment and Climate Change; Land-water interface development, such as wharfs, boat ramps etc, requiring approval from NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Local development

  • Development < $10 million
  • Development that requires consent under Part 23 of the Environmental Planning Instrument State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005 or other State Environmental Planning Policies
  • Development that requires Fire Engineering safety measures
  • Development that has a potential significant impact on the environment, including Heritage Items.
Example: Significant alterations and additions to existing buildings, new buildings and new retail development.
Complying development
  • Development < $10 million
  • Development listed in an Environmental Planning Policy as Complying – e.g. State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or under Part 23 of the State Environment Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005
  • Development complies with a pre-determined criteria
  • Development meets the standards in the Building Code of Australia
Example: Small to medium sized alterations and additions, replacement of existing building identification signage.
Exempt development
  • Minor and insignificant development that is exempt from obtaining a Planning Consent or Building Approval
  • Development listed in an Environmental Planning Policy as Exempt – e.g. State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or under Part 23 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005
  • Development is of minimal environmental impact
  • Development is deemed to satisfy with the Building Code of Australia
  • Development does not require Fire Engineering measures.
Example: Minor landscaping works, repair of building items – painting, plastering etc, ancillary event development.

Development Application requirements

To assist in clarifying application requirements, applicants should prepare preliminary information and drawings of the proposed development. Prior to lodgment, the applicant should discuss lodgment requirements with Sydney Olympic Park Authority to clarify as much as possible, including:

  • which statutory planning requirements are relevant
  • what assessment process will be adopted
  • what development category applies (e.g. local, designated, integrated, complying, exempt etc)
  • identify the key issues that would need to be addressed
  • any notification requirements
  • declaration of any political donations, and
  • expected timing of assessment and determination.

As a minimum, to lodge a Development Application, the following will be required:

  • a completed application form
  • legible and professionally drawn architectural, landscaping and/or engineering plans drawn to scale
  • detailed description of the proposal including an Environmental Impact Assessment (eg Statement of Environmental Effects report), and
  • payment of any applicable fees in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Development Applications can be lodged in person or posted to:

      Sydney Olympic Park Authority
      8 Australia Avenue
      Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Development Application assessment time requirements

Sydney Olympic Park Authority will endeavor to process and determine Development Applications as diligently and efficiently as possible. However please note that  the statutory time frames for development application 'deemed refusal' are set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, and include:

  • Designated and Integrated development: 62 days
  • Local development: 42 days
  • Complying development: 10 days


Sydney Olympic Park Authority is currently developing an e-planning tracking and information system. The e-planning system is anticipated to be publicly accessible shortly. 

Building Certification services

Once planning approval has been obtained, you may require certification of your development. Certification can be obtained from a Principal Certifying Authority or Private Certifier. Similar to New South Wales councils, Sydney Olympic Park Authority can be commissioned as the Principal Certifying Authority.

More information visit Building Certification Services.

Post-Development Application work-related approvals

Once planning approval has been obtained, work-related approvals may also be required. This may include work permits, road opening permits and construction hoarding permits. Permits and applications are found in the resource centre

Political donations

The New South Wales Government has implemented legislation requiring disclosure of political donations and gifts when lodging or making development submissions. Sydney Olympic Park Authority is required to retain the disclosures made by applicants and people making submission to development proposals. The Authority must also make the disclosures available to the public.

When donations or gifts must be declared, the form Adobe PDF Political Donations and Gift Disclosure Statement must be completed in full and lodged with the development application or submission. Further information is containing in the Adobe PDF Political Donation Guidelines. The declaration is to be made when lodging an application or when making a submission (either an objection or in support).

Further information is available on the NSW Government Department of Planning website.

For enquiries, please call 02 9714 7139 or email