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Planning Approval Pathways

Exempt Development

Many minor renovations and low impact building works do not need planning or construction approval.

Exempt development does not need planning or construction approval from a council or private certifier. It includes some minor building renovations and low impact works.

Exempt development can be done for certain residential, commercial and industrial properties including decks, gardens sheds, carports, fences, window repairs and house painting.

Your proposed works must meet all of the development standards identified in the State Policy, State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, to be exempt from planning or construction approvals.

Works must be structurally adequate and installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications that comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Exempt development exclusions

Exempt development cannot take place within a wilderness area or critical habitat of an endangered species, population or ecological community. 

Exempt development cannot occur on land that is, or on which there is, an item that is listed on the State Heritage Register or that is subject to an interim heritage order.

Structures located on public land or over a public road (even temporary structures) must have approval from the relevant council or Roads and Maritime Services.  

Asbestos risk

Buildings constructed before 1987 may contain asbestos. If you are unsure of when your building was constructed, you should have it assessed by a qualified professional before carrying out any work.

Visit, call 1800 Asbestos (1800 272 378) or read the NSW Government Asbestos Fact Sheet for more information.

Last updated: 13/03/2024