Exempt and complying development

Some types of development can be undertaken without the need to submit a Development Application (DA). These are defined as exempt and complying development.

What is an exempt development?

An exempt development is a minor development which does not require any planning or construction approval. The development must meet predetermined standards outlining the size, types and location of the work.

The Department of Planning and Environment NSW has more information on exempt development.

What is a complying development?

A complying development is where works are straightforward and meet all of the required standards established in either a State or local council planning document.

Combined planning and construction approval can be granted by either Council or a private accredited certifier.

The Department of Planning and Environment NSW has more information on complying development.

Meet with us

We offer pre-DA meetings, free of charge, in order to provide advice on proposed development activities.

You can schedule a meeting with us:

At Queanbeyan:       Every second Thursday from 2pm

We have 45 minute sessions starting at 2pm to discuss detailed applications like townhouses, large shops and subdivisions.

For straightforward applications and advice, we have an officer on duty all day in Queanbeyan. Call us on 6285 6244 for advice on whether or not a pre-DA meeting is appropriate for your development.

At Bungendore:        Monday to Friday between 9am and 12 noon.

Call us on 02 6238 8111 for advice on whether or not a pre-DA meeting is appropriate for your development.