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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.

Exempt Development

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:

clause 1.15 clausie 1.16 Part 2

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:

The Department of Planning and Environment provides additional resources to help you learn more about exempt development.

Complying 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:

Part 3

Housing Code

Part 5

Industrial and Business
Alterations Code

Part 3A

Rural Housing Code

Part 5A

Industrial and Business Buildings
Code

Part 3B

Low Rise Housing Diversity
Code

Part 5B

Container Recycling
Facilities Code

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 and Environment provides additional resources to help you learn more about exempt development

Development and Heritage

For information regarding development and heritage, please refer to Council’s Heritage Planning and Heritage Related Development webpages.

ePlanning Spatial Viewer

The Department of Planning 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

Where can I find more information on exempt and complying development?

Additional information on exempt and complying development is available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.

You can also call the Department's hotline on 13 77 88 for additional advice on exempt and complying development.

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.

Can Council tell me if my development is exempt or complying development?

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.

 

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