Understand the different planning approval pathways in NSW.
From development applications through to complying development certificates and integrated developments. The size and scale of the development will determine which of the assessment pathways is appropriate.
Complying development is a fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development. If the application meets specific criteria, it can be determined by an accredited certifying organisation.
Regional development are high value and complex applications, considered to be of regional significance. The assessment is completed by the local council and then determined by the relevant Planning Panel – either a Sydney Planning panel for applications within the Greater Sydney Region or the relevant Regional Planning Panel for the remainder of NSW.
Not all development requires consent before work can start. Some low-impact or routine activities such as home occupations in certain rural and residential zones, environmental protection works in certain environmental zones, or some temporary uses of land can be carried out without consent.