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Complying development

What is complying development?

Complying development is a type of approval for development that meets all of the relevant standards in the State Policy. It combines the functions of a Development Application and a Construction Certificate and is a simpler and quicker approval process than submitting a Development Application. In most cases, approval under this system is issued within 10 days.

Complying development cannot be undertaken on all land. To determine if a particular site meets the land based requirements under the State Policy, you can apply to Council for a Section 10.7 Planning Certificate:

You can apply to Council to obtain a Complying Development Certificate (CDC):

After you lodge your application, the certifier will determine if approval is granted. If your development is approved, the certifier will give you a consent letter that includes the conditions of consent.

You may need separate approvals or permits for specific parts of the development or activities before you lodge your CDC application, such as:


You can apply for a Section 138 Roads Act 1993 approval or a Section 68 Local Government Act 1993 activities approval:

You can apply for a Bushfire Attack Level Certificate (BAL), if required: