The Complying Development Certificate Process

A complying development certificate (CDC) is an approval that does not require a separate council development application approval or a Construction Certificate.   However, strict guidelines mean some developments are not able to be determined as Complying Development.  This depends on several factors which need to be checked at the start of the assessment process.

This entails an extensive check for any site restrictions such as zoning etc or other factors that may prohibit the application as a Complying Development.  The initial proposal is assessed against;

  • Complying Development criteria for the council area using the relevant State Environmental planning Policy;

  • The land titles search check for any easements or encumbrances

  • Water Authority plan

  • 149(5) Planning Certificate

  • Building Code of Australia

  • BASIX requirements

  • A mandatory site inspection is undertaken by a Certifying Authority to determine factors not always evident on the plans such as foliage; access; or other site constraints.