Captivate Landscape Design will negotiate with your local council landscape officers on your behalf to ensure your project is in compliance and a smooth process of Development Application (DA) and Construction Certificate (CC) approvals.

Most local councils require a landscape plan be submitted for any Development and Building applications lodged. New swimming pools also require an application with plans and documentation submitted to council or a Complying Development Certificate.

Development Application (DA)
Captivate Landscape Design are aware of the constant and specific changes to rules and regulations for most Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven Councils. As we regularly submit garden plans to these governing bodies, we can make sure your application is prepared in the correct manner to ensure a fast approval process.

All Councils have differing requirements, but for the most, the landscape plan or pool plans should address the following:

  • Hard area and Soft area Ratios
  • A Statement of Environmental Effects
  • Existing trees / and vegetation to be retained or removed
  • Site plan and site analysis
  • Location of building footprint
  • Proposed additional planting
  • Indication of drainage, earthworks or excavation
  • Private open space
  • Elevation and Section Plans for new Swimming Pool
  • Erosion and sediment control plan
  • Access and amenity
  • 12 month maintenance program


Council Plans and Documentation Services include:

  • Attendance at pre-lodgement meetings.
  • Interpretation and application of any other landscape requirements outlined in relevant local council plans and state government legislation.
  • DA documentation
  • CC documentation
  • Landscape Completion Certification.

Contact us to discuss your unique residential or commercial needs and we will assist you in every way possible so your vision can be Captivated.