What is Complying Development?
Complying development is a fast track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development. Providing the application meets specific criteria then it can be determined by a Council or accredited certifier without the need for a full development application. Examples of complying development include:
- renovations to a home,
- development of a granny flat,
- building a swimming pool,
- property extensions (up to two storeys),
- building a garage or carport,
- the construction of a new industrial building,
- alterations and additions to industrial and commercial buildings, and
- the demolition of a building.
To find out if your building project or renovation is complying development visit the Electronic Housing Code website.
Read more about lodging a complying development certificate.
If your renovation or build is complying development (or requires a development application through council) you'll need to apply for a BASIX certificate. Read more about BASIX certificates.
Complying development - information sheets
- Overview of complying development.
- Land-based exclusions.
- Advice and notification of complying development.
- Building height, storeys, and basements.
- Floor area, site coverage, landscape area and private open space.
- Setbacks from roads and articulation zones.
- Side and rear setbacks and building to side boundaries.
- Internal and external housing alterations.
- Carports and garages.
- Privacy requirements for residential complying development.
- Tree protection and removal requirements.
- Work that can be undertaken as complying development for fire safety.
- Hot water systems and rain water tanks.
Commercial and industrial complying development
- Commercial and Industrial Alterations.
- Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions).
- Interior alterations to pubs, clubs and small bars.
- Details about strata subdivision as complying development.
- How to demolish buildings and structures as complying development.
The majority of exempt and complying development types and their development standards are found in the State Policy for exempt and complying development. You can view the policy on the NSW Legislation website:
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.