Exempt & Complying Developments

Minor and small scale development often does not require development assessment by Councils. This type of development is identified as ‘exempt development’ or ‘complying development’.

Exempt development is minor development that has minimal environmental impact, for example aerials, barbeques, gazebos and minor building alterations.

Complying development is more substantial than the exempt development types, for example internal alterations to a house, a new single or two storey dwelling and a below ground swimming pool.

Also some changes of use of buildings can be undertaken either as exempt development, or as complying development. This may mean that approval from Council is not required or may be obtained from Council or a Private Certifier in 10 days as Complying Development.

We can advise and facilitate exempt and complying development approvals and have extensive experience in this area.


Sydney Office
8 Mortain Avenue
Allambie Heights NSW 2100
P: 0418431897

South Coast Office
P.O Box 256
Bega NSW 2550
P: 0418431897