A Development Control Plan (DCP) is a document that is adopted by Council (or another planning authority), which contains detailed design criteria and guidelines for development and is made up of a written provisions and associated maps.
DCPs are used by Council in the assessment of development applications. When designing development proposals, applicants need to address the relevant requirements of any DCPs which apply to their land/proposal. DCPs may be amended in order to introduce new planning provisions or policy where considered appropriate by the Relevant Planning Authority (RPA), being either Council or the State Government.Amendments can be in a variety of forms and may relate to matters such as changes to development standards, technical maps or assessment requirements. Most commonly, DCP amendments that are sought by landholders usually relate to proposed or recently zoned land. DCP amendments may be requested by landowners, developers or the community. Amendments may only be undertaken by a RPA and RPAs may initiate an amendment.