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Exempt development

What is exempt development?

You can do some minor building works in New South Wales without obtaining approval by either a Complying Development Certificate, Development Application or Construction Certificate. Exempt development is very low impact development that can be done for certain residential, commercial and industrial properties.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy) sets out the standards that each type of development must meet in order to be exempt and the general requirements that apply to all exempt development, which are in Part 1 of the State Policy.

If your development meets these criteria you can proceed without approval from Council.

Some types of development that can be exempt development may include, but are not limited to:

If your development does not satisfy all of the exempt development criteria, you will need to:


More information about exempt development

We recommend that you keep a copy of the State Policy for your records.