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Here Are Some of the Issues You’ll Face…


If you’re feeling overwhelmed or drowning in endless paperwork and compliance, you’re not alone. The planning system is complex and can be frustrating for homeowners and investors.

Putting together an application to subdivide a property can be extremely hard and tiring and dealing with council can be a nightmare, not to mention the whole process can be very expensive in both time and money. Plus, we’re pretty sure, you have better things to do… That’s where we fit in!

It’s what we do, all day, every day. With a team of 10+ highly knowledgeable and experienced town planners, property consultants, registered architect and draftsman we’re pretty good at what we do.

What Rules Do I Need to Comply With?

Having helped hundreds of clients subdivide their property over the past 25 years; common compliance rules and questions to consider are:


Site area – Upon purchasing your land, you did not realise that in order to have a battle axe lot, the area that constitutes the axe handle cannot be included in the new lot area. Will council allow you to subdivide that land to achieve the same number of lots that you first envisaged?


Zoning – The land which you have just purchased and want to subdivide is zoned one of the Environmental Protection Zones under council’s Local Environmental Plan, and this zone limits the amount of developmental space for a new dwelling within each new lot. These limitations will impact on the development potential of the site and your economic returns. What would be the best subdivision design so that the maximum possible developable land area can be realised?


Aboriginal heritage – After purchasing your site and lodging your DA for subdivide with council, it is discovered that one of the new lots supports a relic that is protected as an Aboriginal heritage item under local and state heritage laws. Will you still be able to create this new lot? Who do you turn to in order to prepare the necessary Aboriginal heritage impact assessment and surveys of the land?


Access – Your land is particularly steep and only sections of the site will be capable of supporting a new dwelling house. You have included your proposed driveway in the DA plans to council, however council says that the land will be too steep to provide for suitable and safe access. Are there alternate locations where you could place the access? This is something you will need to elaborate upon in the application and show that the new allotments can be safely accessed by a vehicle.


Site coverage and landscaped area – You have purchased your land on the understanding that you have enough land area to create 5 new allotments. However, council refuses your DA because there is not enough land area for each new lot to achieve maximum site coverage and minimum landscaped area requirements. Can you get around these planning laws, and if so, how will you approach this?


Creating land titles – You finally achieve DA approval for your subdivide, only to discover an overwhelming list of conditions that must be addressed before you can receive your construction certificate and move forward towards registering your titles? How on earth do you get to the point where your land titles can be registered with the NSW Land Titles Office?


And Here’s How We Can Help…


We understand that getting to the point of having the right approval for your subdivide is not an easy journey. It’s one that needs the best experience the industry has to offer. That’s why we’re here to help… We’d love to make your council approval journey for a subdivide simple and as pain-free as possible.

We’ve worked on hundreds of clients to subdivide their property and have dedicated town planners and designers that specialise in this type of development application.

You can glean from the wisdom we’ve gained from all of our past projects. 25 years of being in the industry and our 50 consecutive years of experience has taught us a few things.

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“They had the skills, knowledge and experience to get a better outcome than I had hoped for. I would recommend them for any development application whether the project is straightforward or more complicated.”

Russell Rodrigo

Very professional, the staff know what they are talking about and give you the right information you need for your subdivision. My partner and I highly recommend them for all your property needs.

Marian Rahme

” From our first phone call we gained a sense of confidence… This was our first development and they coached us through the whole process… Even though we are beginners they communicated to us in a respectful and informative way. We would recommend their services.”

Ian and Michele Greentree

I initially had many conversations with council, mates, and builders who all seemed to provide more confusion rather than solutions. When I contacted the council directly they told me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Then a builder told me it would be too difficult and even my friends told me I should just sell the property and move on… Well, I am glad I found Council Approval Group… They got me my DA approval on the first lodgement!

Gus Bonnet

Council Approval Group was referred to me by someone who gave a glowing reference. And I’m over the moon about the result. They gave me confidence throughout the whole process. They were honest from day one and that gave me a lot of certainty about my subdivision. I couldn’t be happier.

Chris O’Neill

I was saved the hassle of dealing with council. The application was very thorough, containing a high level of detail; it was approved by council without question

Jeffrey Pails

Just Some of Our 12,689 Projects to Date...


We understand & we have all the answers you need...

Based on our 25 year history, we have a 98% success rate in achieving council approval. Of course this is based on following our proven systems and our 7 step formula. The key? Our Preliminary Planning Assessment, inclusive of your personal Project Strategy Session.

To get that success rate it has only come after helping over 12,000 people. We’ve worked hard to smooth out all the kinks before they appear by carrying out this Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA) on your property. It works a treat, especially for what it can do for you, the journey of the project and its future.

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We could make up a fantasied timeframe to wow you, but to be straight up the length of getting an approval is dependent on the project development type, the local council, who examines your application within council, location of the property within the local council and on the property itself, and the list goes on. The approval process will no doubt take longer than you expect because we are dealing with administrative red tape.

But what our team has done has studied the 12,000+ applications we have been involved in and analysed the 300+ flight years of team council approval experience to create a formidable system.

So to answer the question, how long does it take for us to get council approval? The fastest in our industry.

We have over 20 team members lead by our founder Max Fragar with his 50 consecutive years of town planning and council approval knowledge. The team is made up of skilled town planners, property consultants and designers that we have hand picked to work on your project. It turns out that we’ve had over 300 collective years of experience working and dealing with local government councils.

What does this mean for you? One word, streamline. We know how to talk the council lingo, can perceive even predict the ins and outs of those council hoops of fire, and understand the nitty gritty to work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and their projects.

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Over the last 25 years we’ve been able to perfect our service and systems throughout NSW. And we’re excited to share with you that we’re almost ready to start offering our services to those in other states.

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Get ready, this could be the best decision you’ll make in the lifetime of your property portfolio.

If you’re looking at a property or already own one and you’re serious about making the property work harder for you, the next step is to book a free 30 minute consultation to speak to one of our property consultants.

In this initial discussion you’ll help us to understand the seriousness of your intent about moving forward with your property plans and to see if we’re the right fit for each other.

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