Apply for a Complying Development Certificate

A Complying Development Certificate (CDC) is a combined planning and construction approval for certain developments that meet specific development standards through a fast-track assessment process.

Note:  In order to lodge a CDC with Council, you must first ascertain if you are able to undertake Complying Development on the subject site. To undertake development as complying, you must provide evidence that you comply with Clause 1.17-1.19A of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Code) 2008 as linked here

If your application does not satisfy all the requirements for approval as a CDC, you will need to  submit a Development Application and Construction Certificate.


Submit an application

Step 1.Create an account or log-in

Head to the NSW Planning Portal to login. Or follow the prompts to create an account. 

Step 2.Apply

Once your account is set up, you can submit your applications via the portal.  

Complete the online application for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). You can view the NSW Government's quick guide to this application process here.

Step 3.Upload your documents

Depending on the type of works or use, there will be certain documentation that you will be required to lodge with your application.

Step 4.Lodge for review

Once the application is submitted through the Portal, an initial review will be carried out to check the information provided is sufficient for Council to accept.

If we need more information before the application can be accepted, an officer will contact you to request this information or for further clarification. Once adequate information is provided, the application can be accepted.

Step 5.Application is ready to be accepted

When the application has been reviewed and considered ready for lodgement, an invoice will be sent to you for payment of the associated fees.

Assessment of your application will not commence until the fees have been received by Council.

Step 6.Assessment of the application

Once fees have been paid, the application will be registered. A site inspection will then be organised.

Officers will contact you if anything further is required.


If you need assistance using the Planning Portal, please view the Department's Help, Support and Training Page or you can call 03 5888 5100 for additional support.