Do I Need Approval?
Some types of minor building works can be carried out without approval. To find out what types of development are considered exempt from requiring approval, visit our Exempt Development page.
Complying Development Approval in 10 days or less
If your development proposal satisfies the requirements of the State Environmental Planning Polices (Exempt & Complying Development Codes) 2008, you can lodge an application for a Complying Development Certificate. To find out more, visit our Complying Development Page.
Works in footpaths, roads and other public places
A public place is, among other things, a public road, nature strip, footway, bridge or public reserve, including a public wharf or boat ramp and Crown reserve land.
If you want to undertake many types of works or activity within a public place, including constructing a driveway, you will need to make one or more applications under the Roads Act 1993 or Local Government Act 1993.
All other Development Proposals
Use council's Development Enquirer to work out what devopment proposals are permissible with development Consent.
Once you have established that your proposal is unable to meet the requirements of exempt or complying development, you will likely need to seek a Development Consent before works can be carried out. Visit our Lodge a Development Application page.
I have already carried out building works, but didn't get approval. What do I do?
For instances where building works have been carried out without the correct approval, a building certificate can be sought. To find out more about getting approval for existing building works, see our Building Certificate page.
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