This section contains links to information on planning and development application processes, strategic planning and development, heritage and major projects in the Strathfield Local Government Area.

Links on the left hand side of this page provide information on: 

  • Exempt and Complying Development
  • The Strathfield Local Environmental Plan 2012
  • The Strathfield Consolidated Development Control Plan 2005
  • Development Applications and Planning Proposals on public exhibition
  • Local Planning Studies and Precinct Visions
  • Council’s Development Enquiry Service
  • Application Forms
  • Heritage Matters 

Exempt & Complying Development - NSW Codes SEPP

The NSW Housing Code came into effect on 27 February 2009.

The NSW Housing Code defines development as exempt development and as complying development.

Exempt Development

Exempt Development has minimal environmental impact and can be carried out under the NSW planning system, without the need to gain planning approval. Where full compliance is achieved with the relevant development standards provided within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, you may be able to undertake development without Council consent.

Exempt development includes minor development around the home such as awnings, retaining walls, solar hot water systems and privacy screens. For further information refer to the “Development Without Consent” fact sheets produced by the NSW Department of Planning.

It is important to recognise that if an exempt development type does not satisfy any of the applicable development standards it is no longer exempt development and development consent may be required. If you are unsure, please contact Council’s Planning and Environment Department on 9748 9999 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Complying Development

Complying Development is a combined planning and construction approval for development that meets pre-determined development standards.

Determination of a complying development certificate (CDC) relies on a code-based assessment and the relevant development standards are provided within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

A CDC is able to be approved for development which meets pre-determined development standards and may include alterations and additions to a dwelling, the construction of a new dwelling and ancillary development such as swimming pools and garages.

A Secondary Dwelling (or Granny Flat) is also able to be approved by way of a CDC where full compliance is achieved with the development standards provided within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.

For further information refer to the following fact sheets on the NSW Housing Code and Secondary Dwellings produced by the NSW Department of Planning.

A CDC is able to be approved by Council or a Private Certifying Authority and is generally determined within 20 days.

It is important to recognise that a CDC application must not exceed the development standards contained within the Codes SEPP. If an application exceeds the relevant development standards, a Development Application will be required to be lodged to Council for consideration.

For further information click here or contact Council’s Planning and Development Department on 9748 9999 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.