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. Exempt development also extends to some minor work to commercial and industrial properties.

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. 

The Electronic Housing Code is a useful and free online system that helps to determine whether your proposal may be classified as ‘exempt’ or ‘complying’ development.

If you are unsure, please contact Council’s Duty Planner or click on the ‘Development Enquiry Service’ link on the left hand side of the page.

Council’s Duty Planner is available between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday, on 9748 9999.

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 against the relevant development standards 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 Schedule 1 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.

A CDC is able to be approved by Council or a Private Certifier and is generally determined within 10 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.

The Electronic Housing Code is a useful and free online system that helps to determine whether your proposal may be classified as ‘exempt’ or ‘complying’ development.