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Exempt and Complying Development


​The rules for Exempt and Complying Developments changed from 27 February 2009, with the State Government's introduction of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and the NSW Housing Code.

The Code outlines how developments including detached single and two-storey dwellings, home extensions and other ancillary development, such as swimming pools, can proceed as complying
development. Proposals which satisfy the Code will receive approval from an accredited certifier within 10 days.

The NSW Housing Code also specifies 40 types of minor developments that can proceed as exempt
development. Exempt development typically covers small-scale structures associated with a dwelling such as: garden sheds and carports, balconies, decks and verandahs, pergolas and fences, rainwater tanks, and fixed barbecues.

The information below provides further information about the new system.

New Exempt and Complying Development Rules

You can download a copy of the Codes SEPP and the General Housing Code. The Department of Planning has also prepared a number of Fact sheets.

For further information please contact the Department of Planning by email or call their information service 9228 6333.

For information regarding the SEPP and its applicability to individual properties, you are advised to obtain a Section 10.7(2) Certificate from Council.

Complying Development Certificate - Security Damage Bond

From 22 February 2014 if the estimated cost of the development is $25,000 or over, a security damage bond must be paid to Council prior to commencement of building work authorised by the Complying Development Certificate. The Damage Deposit Form may be downloaded from our website under Development Forms.