Preliminary Development Advice & Project Feasibility

We provide reliable advice with due diligence and analysis of the development potential of land by navigating state legislation and local planning instruments as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

Our services include:

  • Due diligence on development opportunities and regulatory requirements

  • Advise on property development strategies and approval pathway options (DA & CDC)

  • Review conditions of consent and Section 94 contributions

  • Prepare objections or submissions for nearby development proposals (neighbour notification and advertisement)

  • Research legislation, policy changes and other reform

  • Advise on planning related litigation matters (merit and judicial reviews at NSW Land & Environmental Court).

Development Application Preparation

We navigate the approvals process in collaboration with architects, engineers, landscape designers and energy efficient consultants. Our range of planning services include preliminary reviews of architectural plans and other consultancy reports and assessments, planning reports and preparation of DA documentation. We can project manage your development from conception to approval or we can work with your chosen architect or building designer.


Our services include:


  • Statements of Environmental Effects (SEE)

  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)

  • Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

  • Heritage Impact Assessments

  • BASIX and ABSA Certificates

  • Preparation of Crown Lands licences 

  • Modification Applications (formerly known as s. 96 applications)

  • Review of Development Application (formerly known as a section 82A review)

  • Clause 4.6 Variation Statement (formerly known as SEPP 1 Objection)

  • Affordable housing projects and submissions

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

  • Social Impact Assessments

  • Building Information Certificates (works undertaken without development consent)

  • Representation of development projects to Councils, JRPPs and IHAPs

  • Project co-ordination and project management

Building Information Certificates

If you have illegally constructed a structure or building you may require a Building Information Certificate.

A building information certificate operates to prevent a council, for a period of 7 years from the date of issue of the certificate, from making an order (or taking proceedings for the making of an order or injunction) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or the Local Government Act 1993 requiring a building or structure to be repaired, demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt.

Waterfront Development

Our firm has extensive experience in the preparation of applications for waterfront development in and adjoining marine and aquatic waterways throughout NSW (above and below the Mean High Water Mark). Watercraft structures include jetties, ramps, pontoons, sliprails, boat sheds and marinas. The requirements for approval of waterfront works in NSW is complex with endorsement required from NSW Fisheries, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Crown Lands prior to the lodgement of a development application at the local council. For waterfront works within Sydney Harbour, RMS provides land owner's consent and is also the consent authority. Our firm can project manage the entire approval process on your behalf until determination.​

Our services include:

  • Initial feasibility advice (identification of the Mean High Water Mark, Foreshore Building Line, available water depth and analysis of site constraints)

  • Preparation of all development application documentation (Statement of Environmental Effects)

  • Representation during development assessment by government departments

  • Marine Habitat Surveys

  • Preparation of Crown Licences

  • Part 7 permits under the Fisheries Management Act 1994



Land & Environment Court Appeals

Our director holds a masters degree in environmental law and is experienced in Land and Environment Court appeals.


Our services include:

  • Advice on prospects of appeal

  • Expert evidence in NSW Land and Environment Court appeals

  • Preparation of Statements of Facts and Contentions

  • Representation at mediation and conciliation conferences (s. 34 conferences)

Rezoning & Strategic Planning

We prepare and review strategic planning strategies, master plans, Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs). 

Our services include:


  • Planning proposals and rezoning applications

  • Independent review of strategic plans and policy submissions on draft Local Environmental Plans (LEPs), Development Control Plans (DCPs) and other planning policies