Complying Development Certificates

Complying Development is an accelerated approval process for simple residential, commercial and industrial development, and can save you significant time and resources.

South Coast Certifiers specialise in issuing residential Complying Development Certificates (CDC’s) and ensure a seamless, accurate and timely approval process. If the proposal meets all the relevant development standards outlined in the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Code applicable to the development, a CDC can be approved in less than 20 days, saving homeowners/developers significant time and costs. If required, South Coast Certifiers will provide specific guidance as to what standards apply to your development.

Please note determination time is dependent on the type of application lodged and the completeness and accuracy of the application

If you would like more information on what to expect throughout the approvals and construction phase, please see below:

CDC Document checklist CDC Application and Construction Procedure

FAQs

What is a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)?

State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) are environmental planning instruments, designed by the NSW State Government, to address specific and compulsory planning controls. The system is designed to simplify and reduce the complexity of the development application process and provide more time efficient development approvals. Approvals granted under a SEPP do not necessarily need Council input and can be approved by an appropriately accredited registered certifier. There are a number of SEPP’s used to determine what development is permissible. These can include Exempt and Complying Development Codes and the Affordable Rental Housing Code.

 

What type of development can be approved under Complying Development?

A State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Code allows for the approval of certain simple development. The following can be approved under a SEPP Code:

  • The construction of a new single or two-storey home
  • Alterations and additions to a home
  • Attached development (including garages, balconies, decks, carports, awnings, etc)
  • Detached development (including detached garages, studios, sheds, etc)
  • Swimming pools
  • Granny Flats
  • Demolition

Development to be carried out as complying development is only permissible if the proposal meets all relevant development standards outlined in the particular SEPP. If necessary, South Coast Certifiers will provide specific guidance as to what SEPP and standards apply to your development

How long will my approval take?

If all the required documentation/information is submitted, and is complete and acceptable, a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) may be processed and issued within 5 business days from the date the application is received. It is important to note that neighbouring properties and your local Council are subject to a two-business day notification period, prior to any works starting on-site. When required, South Coast Certifiers will inform you of your obligations.

Please note: Complying Development applications can also be subject to a mandatory fourteen-day neighbour notification period in some jurisdictions before an approval can be issued.

 

What inspections are required throughout the development?

As your Principal Certifier, South Coast Certifiers are required to inspect various stages of construction. These are called critical stage inspections. The inspections allow work to be assessed for compliance with the CDC and the Building Code of Australia. Failure to carry out these inspections can result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused.

Inspections can be booked through the “Book Inspection” tab in the top right hand corner of this page.

The inspections to be undertaken will be listed with your CDC and may include:

  • initial site inspection
  • piers and footings prior to pouring concrete
  • steel reinforcement for slabs prior to pouring concrete
  • storm water prior to covering connections
  • floor joists before laying floor (generally for first floor additions)
  • framework once rough-ins complete but before walls are insulated
  • wet areas prior to tiling
  • pool fencing as soon as possible after it is installed
  • final inspection upon completion of all works

If during the inspection process defective work is identified, a detailed inspection report will be forwarded to the Principal Contractor to ensure the required works are carried out.

A re-inspection of the defective works will be required prior to moving on with the construction. It is important to ensure that South Coast Certifiers are contacted to carry out a re-inspection as failure to do this may result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused. Any re-inspections required to be carried out will incur a re-inspection fee and an invoice will be sent with the inspection report.

If a critical stage inspection is unavoidably missed, a missed inspection report will be required and be accompanied by any compliance certificates relevant to the works. South Coast Certifiers will provide more information on this if the occasion arises.

How do I book in inspections?

Either you or the Principal Contractor is required to contact South Coast Certifiers at least 48 hours prior to the inspection being carried out. Inspections are to be booked by selecting the “Book Inspection” tab in the top righthand corner of this page. In special circumstances, other arrangements may be possible.

A re-inspection of the defective works will be required prior to moving on with the construction. It is important to ensure that South Coast Certifiers are contacted to carry out a re-inspection as failure to do this may result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused. Any re-inspections required to be carried out will incur a re-inspection fee and an invoice will be sent with the inspection report.

How do I complete applications for building approvals through the N.S.W Planning Portal?

It is now mandatory (as of 1st Jan 2021) to lodge all Complying Development, Construction and Occupation certificate applications through the NSW Planning Portal.

The NSW Planning Portal is an online environment where community, industry and government can work together to better understand and meet their obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It hosts a range of digital planning services, mapping tools and reporting tools to assist everyone involved in a proposed development.

Applicants/Developers are now able to submit applications for Complying Development Certificates (CDC) to the certifier through the NSW Planning Portal. Applicants and certifiers have access to digital dashboards which helps them manage and keep track of applications.

Below are a number of guides put together by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to help you through the application process.

 

Applications for CDC – Guides

Registering for the NSW Planning Portal

Submitting a complying development certificate application

Submitting an application relating to SEPP Affordable rental housing (granny flats)

Submitting an Application under Section 138 of the Roads Act

Submitting an Application under Section 68 of the Local Government Act

Once an applicant has secured a CDC approval, they are required to appoint a Principal Certifier (PC) to oversee the construction. A guide to completing an application to appoint a Principal Certifier can be found below.

Submitting an Application to Appoint a Principal Certifier

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