Exempt and complying developments (SEPP)

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There are two types of development that do not require a Development Application or Proposal - exempt or complying developments. 

  • Exempt development relates to minor works, which have minimal environmental impacts, and do not require development consent or any formal environmental assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. If your proposed works are exempt and meet the development standards listed in the SEPP Codes below no Council consent is required.
  • Complying development relates to small scale and low-impact development that may be carried out if a Complying Development Certificate is obtained from either Council or an accredited private certifier. Council charges a fee for the assessment of complying development certificates, which is non-refundable.

Exempt and complying development types and controls are primarily listed in the following planning documents:

Any works not listed as exempt or complying developments will require development consent from Council.

Apply for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) from Council

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Approximate turnaround time is three weeks, but it can be longer if an inspection or more information is required.

Contact Council

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Address: Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060

Telephone: (02) 9936 8100

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