Air Conditioner

During the hot months many people are thinking of installing air conditioning in their homes.

The following is information on the planning rules that apply to air conditioners (A/C). 

A/C installation is regulated by the NSW state government planning policy called the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 


If you meet the criteria for A/C units under the provisions for ‘Exempt Development’ listed in that Codes SEPP then you can proceed with the installation without further approval required. 


However, if you don’t meet the criteria for Exempt Development then you will need to obtain planning approval.


This can be either; through a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) Under the Complying provisions of the Codes SEPP or through a Development Application (DA).


The CDC process can be simpler and quicker than a DA however you will need to discuss the details of the project with an accredited building certifier (PCA - private certifier) to see if this option is available to you. Note that a CDC is a standardised process where all criteria are pre-set and must be met. You will need to have plans of the property showing the building, street and boundary as well as the location of the unit, in addition to photos, in order for the Building Certifier to tell you whether a CDC can be issued in your circumstances. 

Please note that due to the specific site analysis required by the CDC assessment it is not possible for Council to advise you whether a CDC is possible to install an AC unit through the CDC process. 

If a CDC is not possible for your situation then it is necessary to obtain development consent (DA) from Council.