Do I need approval?
You will not need approval if the proposed change of land use meets the relevant development standards for exempt development.
The NSW government's Exempt Development Code can be used to check if your proposed development is exempt. You can also find some types of exempt development in Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2015.
If the proposal doesn't qualify as exempt development, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Application. Food and drink premises, markets, hairdressing and beauty salons are among the development types that cannot be exempt development.
Can I apply for a Complying Development Certificate?
A Complying Development Certificate may be issued for a change of use of an existing building or the initial use of a new building if the proposal meets the relevant development standards. Use Council's Shire Maps to identify the zoning of your land.
You can use the NSW Commercial and Industrial Alterations Code to check whether your proposal is complying development.
Find out more about applying for a complying development certificate
If the proposal doesn't qualify as complying development, you will need to lodge a Development Application.
I need a Development Application. What do I do?
Council may grant development consent for change of use or initial use if the proposal meets the relevant planning controls.
You can view the planning controls for dwellings and ancillary development in Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2015 and Sutherland Shire Development Control Plan 2015.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has a useful guide to the DA process.
Planning Certificate (2) Only
Planning Certificate (2) and (5)
Complying Development Certificate
Development Application - Change of Use