Plans and Policies
All development requires the submission of a development application and the consent of Council prior to commencing work unless it is Exempt or Complying Development. Before undertaking any subdivision, building or demolition work the first step is to talk to Council. Council staff will be able to give you advice on:
- the rules for developing your site under Council's local planning instruments;
- the development assessment process;
- any issues which may affect your development or use of the site.
Council must undertake a full assessment of the application in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 and other relevant legislation. This assessment process may reveal some unforeseen issues which have the potential to cause delays in approval. Council offers a pre-lodgement meeting to help minimise the delays in processing by ensuring that the application contains all the necessary relevant information to undertake a complete assessment. To arrange a pre lodgement meeting please contact Council's Environmental Services Department on 02 6386 0100. To assist you a development application form and checklist can be downloaded from this site.
Exempt and Complying Development
Some minor types of development that have minimal environmental impact are called Exempt Development and do not require development consent. A full list of these activities can be found in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Complying Development requires the certification by an accredited certifier or Council. Complying Development is a proposal that meets ALL set criteria and has standard conditions of consent and is usually approved within ten days. If the proposal does not meet ALL the criteria (requirements) it must follow the full development application process. A full list of the criteria, complying development types and mandatory conditions can be found in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 on the NSW Legislation website.
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