Types of Development

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Types of Development

Complying Development

Complying development is development for the purposes of a house (or extension or addition to) which will have little impact. Complying development may also be works to an existing commercial or industrial building. 

Development can only be complying development if it complies with the  State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Before carrying out complying development, a Complying Development Certificate must be obtained.  Applicants are required to ensure that the proposed development can be considered as complying development and that it complies with all relevant development standards listed in the code.

If the proposal does not satisfy all of the specified development standards then a development application will be required to be submitted to Council for the proposed development.

Exempt Development

Exempt development does not require the approval of Council because it is development that is minor in nature with minimal environmental impact. 

For example, a small backyard shed or a bird aviary may be exempt development in certain instances.  The State Government has introduced the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, which provides for a range of different types of development to be considered as exempt development subject to satisfying the relevant development standards. 

Council also provides for some additional matters to the above codes to be considered as exempt development with a list of such matters found in Schedule 2 of Council's Local Environmental Plan 2013.

If the proposal does not satisfy all of the specified development standards then an approval will be required through the use of the complying development provisions if applicable or by submission of a development applications for Council's assessment and determination.

Local Development

Local development refers to development that requires a deve​lopment application to be submitted to Council.

Most types of development are 'local development' and include houses, swimming pools, industrial, commercial and public buildings, subdivisions, changes of use and boundary alterations.

Integrated Planning

Integrated development is development that not only requires Council approval, but also requires the approval of another government department. 

Council coordinates the process of seeking approvals from other government departments as part of the assessment of the application.

An applicant for integrated development must identify what approvals from government agencies are required, and should consult such agencies before lodging the development application.

Designated Development
 
Designated development is development that is listed in Schedule 3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, which includes large scale, potentially hazardous, noxious and offensive uses.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must accompany a development application for designated development and applicants should engage an appropriately qualified consultant to prepare the EIS.

State Significant Development

This is development declared to be of State significance by the Minister for Planning or by a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), a Regional Environmental Plan (REP) or in the NSW Government Gazette. 

In addition, the Minister has the power to call in specific development applications, including development prohibited by a local environmental plan.

State significant development requires the submission of a development application to planningNSW for determination.