What is Exempt Development?

Some minor building renovations or works don't need any planning or building approval. This is called exempt development. Exempt development is very low impact development that can be done for certain residential, commercial and industrial properties. Providing your building project meets specific development standards, approval from your Council is not needed.

A few examples of development that can be exempt development are: decks, garden sheds, carports, fences, repairing a window or painting a house.

The standards you must comply with for most complying development works are in the State policy for exempt and complying development. The policy can be viewed at the NSW Legislation website

Find out if your planned renovation or building project is exempt development using our Interactive Buildings tool.

Exempt development information sheets:

For enquiries relating to exempt or complying development phone 1300 305 695 or email codes@planning.nsw.gov.au.

Relevant Legislation

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:

Other development assessment systems