Exempt and complying development

This page outlines the requirements for Exempt and Complying Development and provides access to the NSW Planning Portal.

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) online and lodgement service is no longer available. The NSW Planning & Environment are releasing the “Simplified Housing Code” in mid July 2017.

You can find property information and access all State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP 2008) Legislation via the NSW Planning Portal.

Exempt Development

Exempt Development is development of minimal environmental impact and does not require a any approval from council if it fully satisfies the criteria provided in the LEP and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt & Complying Development Codes) 2008.

To find out if your alterations or additions to your house are exempt development head to the NSW Planning Portal.

Complying Development

This is development that is considered to have low environmental impact and fits a set of pre-determined standards.

If you meet the requirements for Complying Development you do not need a Development Application or Construction Certificate.

The standards for Complying Development are set out by the State Government in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (SEPP).  This Policy sets the standards for development and if you fit the set standards, you may seek consent for your development by lodging an Application for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC).

The SEPP outlines the standards for the following types of development:

  • Alterations and additions to dwelling houses
  • Garages
  • New dwelling houses
  • Swimming pools & spas
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Demolition

There are other state policies (SEPPs) that allow for complying development, such as Affordable Housing and Infrastructure, more information about these SEPPs and Complying Development in general is available from the NSW Planning & Environment or by contacting Council’s Customer Service Team for further information.

For further information on whether your development meets these requirements head to the NSW Planning Portal

What is the NSW Planning Portal?

The NSW Planning Portal is an online system that provides property information and legislative requirements to help determine if your property and proposed development is eligible to proceed with either Exempt or Complying Development or Development Application.

Use the NSW Planning Portal to:

  • Investigate your development options for an individual site
  • Access legislative requirements including (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

Continue to use the NSW Planning Portal.

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