Approvals You Need
A development application is a formal request for development that requires consent from Council. Most development in the Hawkesbury Area requires consent, however there are three main approval pathways to consider:
This is a fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development. As complying development involves larger building projects than exempt development ‘sign off’ by a building professional (known as a certifying authority) is needed. A complying development proposal is required to fully meet specific development standards and requirements.
Development Application and Construction Certificate
Where a proposed development does not meet the requirements for exempt or complying development, or where a Local Environmental Plans or State Environmental Planning Policy states that development consent is required before a development can take place, a Development Application is required to be submitted to Council for planning approval.
Once planning approval is issued, construction approval is then required in the form of a Construction Certificate. A Construction Certificate must be obtained before any works can take place.
For more information on the Development Application process, see Making a Development Application.
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