What is Exempt and Complying Development?

Exempt and Complying Development are types of minor development which are largely governed by State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, also known as the “Codes SEPP”. The majority of exempt and complying development applies to residential building, though a few commercial and industrial works are included.

Exempt Development is low impact development and mostly covers common additions to existing houses, such as fences, pergolas and fixed barbecues. There are 57 types of exempt development, each with a set of development standards. Provided your project meets the required standards, you do not need approval from council to proceed.

Complying Development is common or routine development that has predictable and minor environmental impacts, such as building a new house or renovating an existing house. If your project meets the development standards set out in the legislation, it is classed as complying development. This type of development is approved with a Complying Development Certificate (CDC), which can be issued by your local council or a private certifier. Approval usually takes ten days or less.

If you are unsure whether your project is classified as exempt or complying development, contact us or click the links below to find out more.



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