Here you can find what approvals are required for development types and certificates.
Low impact development such as some garden sheds, carports, balconies, pergolas and fences could be classed as Exempt Development and would not require Council Approval.
For more information on Exempt Development please visit the NSW Planning Portal or to determine if your development could be exempt, refer to State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Complying Development combines the development approval and construction certificate into one application. It is a fast-track single approval process for development proposals that meet a set of predetermined criteria.
Providing your development meets the Complying Development Criteria (e.g floor area, setback of boundaries and site coverage) it can be assessed and determined by either Council or a Private Certifier Authority (PCA).
For more information on Complying Development please visit the NSW Planning Portal or to determine if your development could be exempt, refer to State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Local Development is a more in-depth application covering developments such as subdivision, new homes, swimming pools, sheds, mooring sites etc.
If your Local Development is approved, Council is agreeing that the plans you have submitted are satisfactory.
Please note that a Construction Certificate (link) is still required before any building works commence.
Construction Certificates are processed following development consent.
A Construction Certificate is required when a development involves building or construction works and must be obtained prior to commencement of any physical works taking place.
This certificate is processed to ensure that the detailed construction plans and specifications comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and any other relevant Australian standard.
A construction certificate is not required for work that meets the standards for complying development or exempt development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
An Occupation Certificate verifies that either the Council or a Private Certifier as the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) is satisfied that the building is suitable to occupy and/or satisfies the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
When all work associated with the development is completed and all contractors’ certificates have been provided verifying that certain parts of the building are compliant with the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards you can apply for an Occupation Certificate.
An Occupation Certificate cannot be issued for the occupation or use of a new building more than 12 months after the date on which the building was first occupied or used.
Occupation Certificates are not required for exempt development.
Section 68 Local Government Act Approval
Works that apply to Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 require Council approval before the commencement of works. To view the list of activities that requires this approval visit the Local Government Act 1993.
All plumbing and drainage works require approval under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993.
The following activities require a Section 68 approval:
- Part B1: Carry out water supply work.
- Part B4: Sewerage work.
- Part B5: Stormwater drainage work.
This work must be undertaken by a licensed plumber and be inspected by a Council Officer.
Following the issue of an approval the licensed plumber must submit to Council a Notice of Work.
The licensed plumber must call for inspections by contacting Council on 03 5888 5100. The number of inspections required will depend on the type and nature of the work but are included in the application process and paid before the registration of an application.
On completion of work the licensed plumber must submit a Certificate of Compliance to Council within two days of completing works. If there has been any sewerage work carried out the Certificate of Compliance must be accompanied by a Drainage Diagram.
For further information regarding the Plumbing and Drainage Act visit NSW Fair Trading.
Modification of Consent
Upon application to the Council development consents may be modified under the provisions of section 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 provided that the Councils is satisfied that the consent as modified is substantially the same development for which consent was originally granted.
Upon application to the Council a subdivision certificate may be issued for the subdivision of land to enable registration of the plan subject to compliance with the conditions imposed in a development consent.