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Exempt Development is minor and small scale development that will have minimal environmental impact and therefore does not need development consent and you are not required to lodge a DA.

With the introduction of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 many types of renovations and minor building projects don’t need approval from Council. This is called exempt development.

As long as the development meets specific standards and land requirements (which is outlined in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes 2008), the project will be considered to be exempt development and no further approval or development application is required.

The first step when planning the development is to check whether your development complies with the relevant development standards. Please visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website for further information. Regulate/Development-Assessment/Systems/Exempt-Development