Certain minor building works to your house, shop or business can be carried out without a development application (DA) or a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) approval. This is called exempt development. Provided the proposed works are low impact and meet all relevant development standards (identified in the State Policy) a planning or building approval may not be needed. Provided they fully meet all of the requirements contained in the Code, examples of works that may be carried out as exempt development include but are not limited to:
- Patios and pergolas.
- Hardstand areas
Please visit the NSW Planning Portal’s Exempt Development for further information
The State Policy for exempt and complying development is contained within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy) available here.
Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward development that can be determined through a fast-track assessment by an accredited certifier. Complying development applies to homes, businesses and industry. Routine works that comply with the relevant development standards in the State Policy can save homeowners and businesses time and money. Approvals under the fast-track complying development pathway can be issued in as little as 20 days. For more detailed information about complying development, visit the NSW Planning Portal.
Please visit the NSW Planning Portal’s Complying Development for further information.
The State Policy for exempt and complying development is contained within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy) available here