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What is Complying Development?

Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward development that can be determined through a fast track assessment by a council or private accredited certifier. Complying development applies to homes, businesses and industry and allows for a range of things like the construction of a new dwelling house, alterations and additions to a house, new industrial buildings, demolition of a building and changes to a business use.

Complying development is a fast track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development. Providing the application meets specific criteria then it can be determined by a Council or accredited certifier without the need for a full development application.

Examples of complying development include:

  • renovations to a home,
  • development of a granny flat,
  • building a swimming pool,
  • property extensions (up to two storeys),
  • building a garage or carport,
  • the construction of a new industrial building,
  • alterations and additions to industrial and commercial buildings,  and
  • the demolition of a building.

If your renovation or build is complying development (or requires a development application through council) you’ll need to apply for a BASIX certificate. BASIX is one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia. BASIX aims to make all residential dwelling types in NSW energy and water efficient. Read more about BASIX certificates.

Please visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website for further information.