Planning Approval Pathways in NSW

There are nine different planning approval pathways in NSW.

Many types of minor home renovations and small building projects such as the erection of a carport, balcony, deck or garden shed don’t need a planning or building approval. These types of projects are called exempt development. As long as the building project meets specific development standards and land requirements, no planning or building approval is needed.

Other straightforward, low impact residential, commercial and industrial developments that do require planning approval may qualify for a fast track approval process known as complying development. If the application meets specific standards and land requirements a complying development certificate (CDC) can be obtained through your Council or an accredited certifier without the need for a full development application.

Find out more about all nine planning approval pathways in NSW here:

The consent authority that assesses and determines a development application (DA) or complying development certificate (CDC) is guided by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg), and a number of State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).