Are any approvals required?

Before you undertake any development or building works, you will need to determine if any approvals are required. There are three main types of development under the provisions of the legislation. They are as follows:

  • Exempt development – Consent is not required
  • Complying development – Complying development certificate required (7 – 20 days)
  • Local development – Will require a development application to be submitted to Council.

Exempt development

If your proposal meets all the relevant criteria for exempt development set out in the relevant planning instruments, then consent is not required. This is a self-assessment and the onus is on the person doing the work to ensure the criteria is met.

The majority of exempt development is set out in:

With the exception of different types of infrastructure including electricity generating works or solar energy systems (photovoltaic panels), which are set out in:

There are also some exempt development provisions in the following planning instruments. 

A proposed development will only be considered exempt if it satisfies all of the relevant criteria stipulated.

Complying development

The majority of complying development is set out in:

With the exception of different types of infrastructure including electricity generating works or solar energy systems (photovoltaic panels) which are set out in: 

There are also some exempt development provisions in the following planning instruments.

If you believe your proposal meets the criteria set out for complying development, you will need to lodge an application and obtain a complying development certificate (CDC). An application for a CDC can be lodged with either a local council or a private accredited certifier. Council's Building Certification team can assist you should you have any questions in relation to complying development.

Local development

If your development does not meet the requirements for exempt or complying you will need to lodge a development application. You may wish to obtain advice from Council whilst your proposal is still a concept. This may enable any issues to be resolved prior to finalising any plans, which may save you time and money. More information is available at the following pages:

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Page last updated: 17 Sep 2018