Exempt Development

Exempt development is minor work that has little environmental impact which can be done without approval. It includes, among other things:

  • aerials
  • carports
  • decks
  • fences
  • garden sheds
  • home businesses.

To be exempt development, you must satisfy all the relevant controls and criteria.

How can I work out if my development is exempt?

Exempt development can be carried out in most parts of the Shire, except for some environmentally sensitive land, national parks and some land containing heritage items. In many cases a particular development will be prevented from being exempt development because of its location in an environmentally sensitive area such as below a foreshore building line or in bushfire prone land, or for other reasons.

The state government's Electronic Housing Code can help you identify what exempt development can be carried out on your property and provides a summary of the controls.

Alternatively find out if your planned renovation or building project is exempt development using the Department of Planning's Interactive Buildings tool.  

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Most exempt development is detailed in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, however some other state policies also include exempt development, as does the LEP.

What exempt development is included in council's LEP?

Schedule 2 of the LEP includes a list of exempt development types.  The exempt development types still controlled by the LEP are:

  • A-frame sign boards and structures
  • Demolition
  • Events (community and fundraising)
  • Luminous pole signs
  • Signs on roll down blinds and awnings

What if my development isn't exempt?

If your development doesn't qualify as exempt development, you may be able to apply for a complying development certificate or for development consent

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