Exempt Development

Some works can be carried out around your home or work place without applying for Council approval. This is known as "exempt development" and generally includes minor works that have low environmental impact.

Exempt Development FAQ's

Exempt development can be carried out in most parts of the Shire.

In many cases, a particular development will be only be prevented from being exempt development because it exceeds pre-determined size requirements, and not because of the location of your property.

The requirements for exempt development are included in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 which is also known as the Codes SEPP. If you have difficulty working out whether exempt development can be carried out on your land, please contact Council on (02) 6340 2040 and ask for assistance.

A comprehensive list of development types that can be carried out without approval is included in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. The State Government has prepared a website to assist landowners in determining whether your proposal can be carried out without Council approval.
If your development doesn't qualify as exempt development, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate.Learn more about Complying Development here.