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Exempt and Complying Development


A Development Application is only required where development cannot be classified as exempt or complying development.

Permitted exempt and complying development is generally contained within State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. The Code is a State Policy that applies to New South Wales.

Exempt Development

A range of minor renovations and low-impact works may be considered exempt development. You do not need Council approval to undertake exempt development. Generally, exempt development cannot be undertaken on a heritage item.

Complying Development

If a proposed residential, commercial or industrial development is straightforward and fully meets specific development standards it may be classified as complying development enabling a fast-track approval process. A Complying Development Certificate application can be lodged with Council. From 1 July 2020 all Complying Development Certificate applications are required to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal accompanied by a completed Complying Development Certificate checklist. The CDC Checklist is available in Development Forms. A fee quote can be obtained prior to lodgement by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre on 9911 3555.

An application for CDC may also be made to a private certifier see Private Certifiers and Development Control.

Complying Development Certificate - Security Damage Bond

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 (including those issued by a private certifier). The Damage Deposit Form may be downloaded from our website under Development Forms.