Complying Development Certificate (CDC)

Some small-scale residential, commercial and industrial development can be carried out as complying development subject to:

  • satisfying the development standards and land requirements specified in the relevant policy; and
  • meeting the requirements of the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia).

Complying Developments provide for a faster approvals process:

  • 20 days for complying development which requires neighbour notification; or
  • 10 days for all other complying developments.

A complying development certificate for those types of development able to be carried out as complying development listed below can be issued by either Council or a suitably accredited private certifier.

Which Planning Controls Do I Use?

Applying for a Complying Development Certificate

An application for a complying development certificate may be made to Council by completing a Complying Development Certificate Application or to an Accredited Certifier.

Other approvals

As well as the requirements listed above, the following matters still apply:

  • adjoining owners’ property rights
  • common law rights
  • approvals, licences, permits from other agencies

The relevant agency should be contacted to determine whether any separate approvals or specific requirements apply prior to starting work.

More Information

Exempt and Complying Development Policy – This page contains the most up to date information about changes to Exempt and Complying Development

Exempt and Complying Development Information Sheets - These information sheets explain which types of development do not require planning approval

Understanding Complying Development – Planning & Infrastructure

Rural Housing Code guide to complying development under the Rural Housing Code

Special procedure for complying development - Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

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