Design Review Panel

Design Review Panel
Design Review Panel
This dedicated team of independent professionals, specialising in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture will offer guidance on development projects in our City. This dedicated team of independent professionals, specialising in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture will offer guidance on development projects in our City.  
Design Review Panel

Welcome to the CBCity Design Review Panel!

This dedicated team of independent professionals, specialising in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture will offer guidance on development projects in our City. Our aim is to ensure consistency and high-quality outcomes in line with the new Canterbury-Bankstown Local Environmental Plan Design Excellence clause.

Join us as we strive to enhance the visual appeal and functionality of our built environment through thoughtful design.

How the Panel can help

The Design Review Panel underscores our commitment to enhancing design quality and fortifying it for the future. We're working towards a more beautiful city, where new buildings positively contribute to how our city and suburbs look and feel. 

The Panel's early guidance will streamline the Development Application (DA) process, minimising changes after an application is lodged, saving you time and money.

We highly recommend you seek guidance from the Design Review Panel before submitting a Development Application for the types of development listed below and/or as advised by Council officers during the pre-DA meeting.

What type of development will the Panel review?

The Design Review Panel will review and provide guidance on the following types of development, as outlined in the Design Excellence clause of the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Environmental Plan:

  • Boarding houses with 4 or more storeys
  • Multi‐dwelling housing consisting of 10 or more dwellings
  • Residential flat buildings with 4 or more storeys
  • Schools with a gross floor area of 2,000m2 or more
  • Centre‐based childcare facilities accommodating 100 children or more at one time
  • Seniors’ housing or co‐living housing with 4 or more storeys
  • Commercial premises with a gross floor area of 1,000m2 or more
  • Shop top housing with 4 or more storeys
  • Warehouse or distribution centres with a gross floor area of 5,000m2 or more
  • Places of public worship with a gross floor area of 1,000m2 or more
  • Registered clubs with a gross floor area of 1,000m2 or more 

Our officers may also request the Panel's guidance for planning proposals and other projects that could benefit from a design review. The Panel’s expertise can help enhance the overall quality and aesthetics of such projects.

What is the review process?

The Panel meets monthly to provide guidance at the pre–lodgement stage. Council may also request guidance post‐lodgement if needed. 

Please note that there is an application fee for an initial design review session and for each subsequent session. You can find detailed information in our Fees and Charges.

Council officers will inform you of the meeting date and time and invite you and your representatives to attend. You can actively participate in the discussion regarding your application.

After the meeting, you will receive a written response, the Design Advice Letter, which will explain the Panel's advice and recommendations. 
As part of the submission for any subsequent DRP sessions and/or the formal lodgement of the Development Application, you are required to submit a Design Review Report. This report should summarise the design development process undertaken in response to the recommendations outlined in the Design Advice Letter to streamline the assessment process.

How to apply
You should follow these steps to complete and submit a Design Review Panel request:
1. Contact the Duty Planner  
Have your plans ready and contact the Duty Planner to discuss the proposal and/or request a general Pre-DA meeting. 
Council's Duty Planner can be contacted on 9707 9000 between 9am-1pm Monday-Friday. Alternatively, you can meet the Duty Planner in person at Council's Customer Service Centre, Bankstown, between 10am-1pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
2. Attend a general Pre-DA meeting with Council officer/s 
During the Pre-DA meeting, Council officer/s will give general advice and specify if the Design Review Panel (DRP) advice is necessary. Council officer/s will also explain the steps for submitting a DRP request. This includes:
  • Preparing the Briefing package
  • Completing the Application for Pre-DA Lodgement Advice form, including Part 2A with the file share link to your Briefing package
  • Paying the applicable fees as per the Council fee schedule. Fees are subject to change in subsequent financial years
  • Attending the DRP session with your team representatives
  • Preparing and submitting a Design Review Report for any subsequent DRP session and/or the formal lodgement of the Development Application

Requirements for the DRP briefing package

The briefing package submitted to the Panel should contain appropriate information that is suitable to the scale and significance of the development, to enable the panel to provide a comprehensive context-specific design guidance.
If the information package is deemed insufficient, we may request additional information before referring the development to the DRP and/or require subsequent design review sessions with additional costs.
Typically, the package should include, but not be limited to:
  • Plans, sections, and elevations
  • Contextual analysis
  • Design response diagrams and illustrations (such as images, 3D representations, sketches, etc.)
  • Relevant legislation compliance table 
  • 3D model showing the development’s built form, including its surroundings 
  • Brief presentation that covers the proposal’s key issues

The Duty Planner can provide you with all the specifications regarding the briefing package, or alternatively, you can access them here.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.