Other straightforward, low impact residential, commercial, and industrial developments that do require planning approval may qualify for a fast track approval process known as complying development. If the application meets specific standards and land requirements a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) can be obtained through your local Council or an accredited certifier without the need for a full development application.
Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval. Straightforward development that meets the specified development standards in the SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008 are eligible for fast-track approval, without the need for a full development application.
Use the below checklists to find out if your development is Complying Development
CDC Checklist - R1 Residential - New Outbuildings Sheds, Garages, and Carports(PDF, 159KB)
CDC Checklist - R5 Large Lot Residential - New Outbuildings Sheds, Garages, Carports(PDF, 149KB)
CDC Checklist - RU5 Village - New Dwellings & Additions(PDF, 808KB)
CDC Checklist - RU5 Village New Outbuildings Sheds, Garages, & Carports(PDF, 162KB)
To determine if your project is considered complying development, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website.
If your project is considered complying, you'll need to apply on the NSW Planning Portal for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) from either Council or a private certifier. Other approvals may also be required.