State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008 (Codes SEPP)

You can carry out certain development without approval provided you meet the Codes SEPP requirements below:

The Codes SEPP lists the various types of exempt development under the following codes:

General Exempt Development Code

Exempt development under the General Exempt Development Code includes:

Internal Renovations

External Renovations

  • Access ramps
  • Air-conditioning units
  • Awnings, blinds and canopies
  • Balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandahs
  • Garbage bin storage enclosure
  • Hot water systems
  • Minor building alterations (external)
  • Privacy screens
  • Roller shutter doors adjoining lanes
  • Screen enclosures (of balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandahs)
  • Shade structures of canvas, fabric, mesh or the like
  • Skylights, roof windows and ventilators

For further information on any of the above External Renovations click here.

Minor Development

  • Aerials, antennae and communication dishes
  • Animal shelters
  • Aviaries
  • Barbecues and other outdoor cooking structures
  • Cabanas, cubby houses, ferneries, garden sheds, gazebos and greenhouses
  • Carports
  • Clothes hoist and clothes lines
  • Driveways and hard stand spaces
  • Earthworks, retaining walls and structural support
  • Farm buildings
  • Fences (residential zones)
  • Fences (rural and environmental protection zones and Zone R5)
  • Fences (business and industrial zones)
  • Flagpoles
  • Fowl and poultry houses
  • Fuel tanks and gas storage
  • Landscaping structures
  • Letterboxes
  • Pathways and paving
  • Playground equipment
  • Portable swimming pools and spas and child-resistant barriers
  • Rainwater tanks (above ground)
  • Rainwater tanks (below ground)
  • Sculptures and artworks
  • Tennis courts
  • Waste storage containers
  • Water features and ponds
  • Windmills

For further information on any of the above Minor Developments click here

Other Development

  • Automatic teller machines
  • Bollards
  • Change of use of places of public worship
  • Change of use of premises
  • Charity bins or recycling bins
  • Demolition
  • Emergency work and temporary repairs
  • Footpaths – outdoor dining
  • Home businesses, home industries and home occupations
  • Home-based child care
  • Mobile food and drink outlets
  • Subdivision
  • Waterways structures – minor alterations
  • Windmills

Advertising and Signage Exempt Development Code

Exempt development under the Advertising and Signage Exempt Development Code includes:

  • Building identification signs
  • Wall signs
  • Fascia signs
  • Under awning signs
  • Top hamper signs
  • Window signs
  • Replacement of identification signs
  • Internal signs
  • Temporary event signs
  • Community notice and public infrastructure signs
  • Real estate signs
  • Election signs

Temporary Uses and Structures Exempt Development Code

Exempt development under the Temporary Uses and Structures Exempt Development Code includes:

  • Scaffolding, hoardings and temporary construction site fence
  • Temporary builders’ structures
  • Filming
  • Temporary structures and alterations or additions to buildings for filming purposes
  • Tents or marquees used for filming purposes and private functions
  • Tents, marquees or booths for community events
  • Stages or platforms for private functions
  • Stages or platforms for community events
  • Major events sites - additional temporary development
  • Trading hours - temporary extensions for Christmas
  • Trading hours - temporary extension for licensed premises

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