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
The NSW Housing Code also
specifies 40 types of minor developments that can proceed as
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
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
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 149(2) Certificate from Council. An Exclusions
Map is also available to view, however, please note that this is indicative
Electronic Housing Code
The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is an online system that allows users to investigate, prepare, lodge and track development applications for exempt and complying development. Find out more...
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.