COUNCIL DA LANDSCAPE PLANS & PACKAGES

Guaranteed fast council approval

Council DA Landscape Plans - FAST APPROVAL

Are you are about to develop or renovate your house? Then you will need to submit landscape plans with your DA or CDC to your local Sydney council.

Sydney councils have different requirements. To pass the approval stage quickly, we recommend your plans be drawn up by a professional landscape design company to meet the constantly changing regulations.

At Vogue & Vine, we GUARANTEE your landscape plans will be approved by council first time. This saves you time and money with faster development approval.

LANDSCAPE PLANS
FOR DA / CDC / DEVELOPERS

Package A

COUNCIL PLAN
ONLINE

  • COUNCIL APPROVAL GUARANTEE*
  • Research into council requirements
  • 1:100 / 1:200  2D landscape plan to suit council/developer regulations
  • Plant list with photos
  • Landscape specification with installation details
  • Planting details
  • Site calculations
 

SUITABLE FOR 

  • Small developments eg granny flats or backyard offices
  • Level blocks with no retaining walls
  • Small garden build budget


WHAT YOU PROVIDE

  • Survey & architectural drawings



Council DA landscape plans
Package B

COUNCIL PLAN 
PLUS CONCEPT STYLE

  • INCLUDES PACKAGE A PLUS 
  • COUNCIL APPROVAL GUARANTEE*
  • 1 x preliminary online consultation (45-60min)
  • Confirm concept style & budget
  • Includes concept style in design
 

 

 

SUITABLE FOR

  • Semis/townhouses & dual occupancy
  • Knock down rebuild 
  • Sloping or undulating blocks
  • House renovations
  • Medium garden build budget
 

WHAT YOU PROVIDE

  • Survey & architectural drawings
  • Material schedule (if available)
  • Pool plans (if applicable)
 
Sydney council landscape plans
Package C

COUNCIL PLAN 
PLUS CUSTOM DESIGN

  • COUNCIL APPROVAL GUARANTEE*
  • Initial 2hr onsite consultation
  • Elevations or cross sections
  • Design review for minor changes
  • Digital/printed mood board
  • Perspective & concept sketches
  • Multiple elevations & cross sections as needed
  • Materials list with quantities & photos
 

SUITABLE FOR

  • Custom designs
  • larger developments
  • Multi unit developments
  • Pool & spa design
  • Medium to large garden build budget

WHAT YOU PROVIDE

  • Survey & architectural drawings
  • Material schedule (if available)
  • Pool plans (if applicable)

landscape plans for Sydney Council DA

Our customers

Yvonne - Queens Park

"Deb and her team were outstanding. We were blown away by the ingenuity of her creative design transforming our small courtyard to a tropical oasis and zen garden. Deb delivered on time, within budget and was a pleasure to deal with . Her ideas have created a place that we are so happy to enjoy. Highly recommend!"

Maria F - Coogee

"We worked with Deb on our home landscaping project. From the initial consultation to the finish, we found Deb’s knowledge, attention to detail, professionalism and friendly nature made her the perfect choice. We highly recommend Deb, Vogue & Vine for any landscaping projects."

Leigh D - Bronte

"I engaged Vogue & Vine to bring my balcony to life. Deb presented various options - all nailed the brief! Her selection of plants perfectly fit the look and feel of the space. The balcony remains the star of the show with a perfectly themed planter box bookended by 2 fabulous vertical gardens. Sensational!."

Why use Vogue & Vine for your development landscape plans?

  • Guaranteed council approval*
  • Quality residential & commercial plan design 
  • Fast turnaround time
  • Affordable
  • Over 50 years combined experience

Our Sydney development plans service areas

Development Landscape Plans - FAQ

The requirements for landscape development plans are based around satisfying regulatory frameworks established by council and other local & state regulatory bodies.

Our development plans ensure the positioning of the key elements of your garden are well thought out and match the architecture of your house. We then ensure the other design elements meet the local council guidelines for a speedy approval.

The process for a full garden design is more bespoke and outdoor lifestyle focussed.

The Vogue & Vine full garden design starts with a brief and time spent ensuring that the final design suits the block, meets client expectations and improves lifestyle outcomes. This is a more lengthy process and doesn’t require the same regulatory framework as council development plans.

The environment has become an important consideration in Sydney planning laws as many gardens shrink in size while buildings become larger. 

The garden and landscaping regulations play an important role in maintaining green spaces while delivering community benefits and improving the infrastructure required for future living.

Landscape plans for councils deliver many benefits and are in place to address a number of lifestyle and environmental concerns. These include:

  • Energy efficiency for your property 
  • Stormwater runoff to avoid localised flooding 
  • Air quality for the region
  • Localised habitat for plants & animals
  • Privacy from neighbours

Exempt Development

Exempt developments are fairly minor and don’t require council approval. Examples of this include new decks, patios, carports, paving and garden sheds. They still have to meet building quality standards and regulations (as outlined below) and certain council regulations but don’t require submission of building or landscape plans.

If you are unsure whether your development is exempt, we recommend you look at either:

 

Complying Development Certificate (CDC)

Obtaining a complying Development Certificate (CDC) in certain cases is a faster and less costly alternative to a DA.

A CDC can be granted by a private certifier or council officer as long as the development meets certain criteria that are specified in the council LEP. The size of project can vary from a granny flat to a double story house.

For a CDC it is recommended to engage a professional landscape designer at the beginning of the process. Some councils will allow architect plans at the beginning stages, with professional plans required prior to granted the construction certificate. This reduces the flexibility to make changes to your garden design and often results in costly construction delays due to plan amendments.

 

Council Development Application (DA)

This type of development means you have to lodge plans with council for their consent. There is no uniform set of rules and each council has it’s own set of Development Control Plans (DCPs). The DA takes the most amount of time and expense out of the three developments we have outlined.

Many home builders submit their plans to council 12-18 months before they start work on their landscaping. This time gap can result in design changes to the original plan. The approved plan does allow for some flexibility as long as the major factors such as pathways and fences are maintained. 

We advise utilising a professional landscape designer at the beginning of the DA process so that all regulations are addressed. A professional designer will make sure that the key elements of the design are correctly laid out – this can allow for minor modifications after the approval without having the expense and delays of submitting new plans.

Councils need to make sure that landscape plans meet the relevant building codes and regulations. 

Here is a checklist to make sure your plans comply with these regulations:

  • Location of servicers such as drainage
  • Structural integrity, safety
  • Construction techniques
  • Hard area and soft area ratios
  • Statement of environmental effects
  • Existing trees to be retained or removed
  • Existing and new levels
  • Erosion control plan
  • Proposal for additional planting
  • Site analysis and measurement
  • Planting layout & plan including botanical names and suggested pot sizing
  • Surface treatments such as driveways

* *Vogue & Vine provides a guarantee that it’s landscape plans will be approved by council.

This guarantee only applies to the landscape design component of the plans (and not other aspects of the DA/CDC).

Should council reject any aspect of the landscape design plans, Vogue & Vine will redesign the plans according to council feedback at no additional charge.

The approval guarantee only applies to the original design lodged with council. It does not apply if the client makes changes outside the original brief.