To develop, use or subdivide land you will often need to submit a development application (DA) to Council and obtain development consent. There are two exceptions to this which are described below.
Many minor developments are classed as exempt development. Exempt developments are minor works including balconies, decks and verandahs, fences and minor internal and external building alterations.
Exempt development does not require a DA. However, to be exempt development it must fully comply with State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. Review the links below to check if your development complies:
Some of the most commonly reviewed exempt developments types allowed by Part 2 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 include:
Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010 also classes some minor works as exempt development. The requirements to be fully complied with for those exempt developments are detailed in:
- Clause 3.1 of Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010,
- Clause 3.3 of Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010, and
- Schedule 2 of Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010 (only those requirements relating to the proposed exempt development).
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides an online short course to help you learn more about exempt development.
Many developments are classed as complying development. Complying developments are typically larger than exempt developments and include the construction of new dwelling houses, swimming pools and changing the use of buildings.
Complying development does not require a DA. Instead, a Complying Development Certificate must be obtained from either Council or a registered certifier. However, to be complying development it must fully comply with requirements set by the NSW State government. The requirements are detailed in:
- Clauses 1.17, 1.17A, 1.18, 1.19 and 1.19A of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, and
- the relevant parts of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 relating to the proposed complying development:
|Part 3||Housing Code||Part 5||Commercial and Industrial
|Part 3A||Rural Housing Code||Part 5A||Commercial and Industrial
(New Buildings and Additions Code)
|Part 3B||Low Rise Housing Diversity
|Part 5B||Container Recycling
|Part 3C||Greenfield Housing Code||Part 6||Subdivisions Code|
|Part 3D||Inland Code||Part 7||Demolition Code|
|Part 4||Housing Alterations Code||Part 8||Fire Safety Code|
|Part 4A||General Development Code|
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides and online short course to help you learn more about complying development.
Development and Heritage
ePlanning Spatial Viewer
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has developed an ePlanning Spatial Viewer. The viewer provides access to planning information for property which will assist in determining whether a development can be exempt or complying development.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my development does not fully comply with the requirements for exempt or comply development?
Your development will require development consent from Council. You must therefore lodge a DA with Council.
Council does not formally advise if proposals meet the criteria for exempt and complying development. However Council can help you locate the relevant parts of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010 for review. For assistance please contact the duty officer or telephone Council on (02) 4654 7777 during normal office hours.
Please refer to the Certify webpage.