Complying Development Certificates

The NSW Government has introduced a number of State-wide Planning Policies that facilitate certain types of development without requiring consent from a Council.

This was an incentive to make the development approval process consistent throughout the state less confusing, cheaper and faster to obtain development approval.  

We have unrestricted accreditation to issue Complying Development Certificates (CDC) as applicable and act as PCA on any development project where your project meets the Planning guidelines allowing a CDC to be issued.

Depending on what is proposed, we may be able to issue a CDC for the following types of development:

  • Internal alterations to a dwelling including residential units
  • New dwellings
  • Granny Flats (attached or detached)
  • Internal alteration to a building that is used as a commercial premises, for light industry or warehouse purposes
  • Changes of use for commercial premises to other prescribed uses i.e.: office to shop, shop to office.

The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows for an environmental planning instrument to identify development that can be addressed by specified predetermined development standards as complying development.

Complying development has been in place in NSW since 1998. This planning and construction approval path was developed to ensure low risk and low impact development types do not have to be assessed via the merit path of a development application. For these low impact and low risk developments, the complying development path has obvious time and cost savings for homeowners, industry as well as local government.

Please contact us to discuss whether your development proposal may be complying development which potentially would allow a 10 day approval process.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 or Granny flats

The NSW Government has made granny flats easier and faster to build.

The aim is to help mums and dads create a place for those who need a space of their own, like elderly parents or those generation Y children who haven’t yet left home.

These secondary dwellings also give families the chance to use a Granny Flat as a source of additional income in these challenging economic times.

The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009–provides a range of planning incentives to encourage home owners and developers to invest and create new affordable rental housing.

Development of a granny flat can be considered upfront as part of building a new house or as an addition to an existing house.

In the past granny flats were only permitted in certain zones under councils’ local environmental plans (LEPs). The new policy will better support opportunities for the creation of granny flats in line with the State Government’s actions to boost the supply of affordable rental accommodation.

Provided your design complies and we have all required information, we can approve these in 10 days.

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