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Complying Development

Complying development is development which complies with predetermined criteria and can be certified by Techton. These types of development can include: single storey houses, alterations and additions, garages, sheds, patios etc.

Generally each Council has their own Development Control Plan (DCP) that stipulates what developments are complying developments. This DCP will state what the prescribed conditions for each type of complying development are.

In addition there are also Exempt Developments. These are developments where no formal approval is required. Again each Council will have their own DCP which will prescribe the conditions that must be met for a development to be exempt.

We can provide advice, assistance and approvals as required for each of these types of development.

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

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the Codes SEPP) has been amended to significantly expand the range of exempt and complying development across the State and increase the number of properties to which the Codes SEPP applies

The Codes SEPP is an important policy initiative put in place by the NSW Government to remove red tape for low risk and low impact development, and directly results in significant time and cost savings for home owners and small business.

Electronic Housing Code

You can determine whether your building or renovation requires a complying development certificate or is exempt development through the Electronic Housing Code website. If your building or renovation requires a complying development certificate you can apply for it online using the Electronic Housing Code which also allows you to:

  • Investigate your development options for an individual site, including the identification of land based restrictions
  • Generate an exempt and / or complying development report
  • Prepare your complying development application electronically
  • Select your preferred Certifier from a pre-nominated list
  • Lodge your application electronically
  • Monitor the progress of your application
  • View and download your complying development determination

To access the Electronic Housing Code, please go to www.electronichousingcode.com.au

For specific enquiries about the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes), please contact the Codes Hotline on 1300 305 695

Further Information

For general enquiries about the NSW Planning Portal or any of the ePlanning tools available, please contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 or info@service.nsw.gov.au