Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward development that can be determined through a fast track assessment by a council or an accredited certifier. Complying development applies to homes, businesses and industry and allows for a range of things like the construction of a new dwelling house, alterations and additions to a house, new industrial buildings, demolition of a building, and changes to a business use.
Did you know approvals under the fast track complying development pathway can be issued in as little as 20 days? Homeowners can save up to $15,000 when building a house under complying development, with savings up to $2,600 for renovations.
Watch the video below about building made easy with complying development, to learn more.
Did you know that you can do some minor building works to your house, shop or business without a development application? This is called exempt development. This means that low impact works not requiring a full merit assessment by council can be done more quickly and with less cost.
Complying development generally includes larger building works than exempt development. For this reason 'sign off' by a building professional (known as a certifier) is needed. Complying development is also subject to conditions of approval to protect surrounding uses during the construction period and the life of the complying development.
In 2015 – 16, the State Policy for exempt and complying development enabled 33 per cent of all development approvals in NSW to be fast tracked, saving time and money for families and business owners.
Fast tracked complying development approvals can be issued in as little as 20 days. This compares with the average determination time for a development application of 70 days. More than $6.39 billion of development was delivered by complying development in 2015 – 2016.
The majority of exempt and complying development types and their development standards are found in the State Policy for exempt and complying development.
You can view the State Policy on the NSW Legislation website:
The NSW Planning Portal provides access to information to help you prepare your complying development applications. The NSW Planning Portal also provides a number of tools to improve access to planning information.
The new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code will allow one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval.
The new Code new Code (PDF, 3.39 MB) will provide more housing choice to meet different household needs, and improve housing affordability. It forms part of the NSW Government’s commitment to facilitate faster housing approvals and deliver a diverse range of housing options to support NSW’s changing demographics.
The new Code includes clear and easy to understand planning rules, with explanatory diagrams. Low rise medium density housing as complying development is only allowed where medium density development is already permitted under a council’s local environmental plan.
Page last updated: 19/06/2018