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Exempt development

Some minor building renovations or projects don’t need planning or building approval from Council - known as exempt developments. Exempt developments have minimal impact on the local environment and if your development meets specific standards (as identified in the Exempt and Complying Development Codes State Environmental Planning Policy), approval may not be required. Examples of exempt development include decks, garden sheds, carports, fences, repair of a window or painting your house.

An online tool is available through the Electronic Housing Code (EHC) website that allows you to determine if you are able to proceed as exempt development without the need for further approvals. You can use the EHC to determine whether your development is classified as exempt development.

Additionally, exempt development may also be considered under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. This policy nominates exempt development requirements to facilitate the effective delivery of infrastructure and services. Exempt development under this policy must be carried out by or on behalf of a public authority and meet the relevant development standards. Examples of exempt development under the policy include access ramps for persons with a disability, air conditioning units, awnings, canopies, pergolas, blinds, external building alterations, internal building alterations, car parks, car ports, decks, demolition works, fences, firefighting equipment, flagpoles, hoardings, landscaping, lighting, portable offices, water tanks, scaffolding, security cameras, sheds, skylight or roof windows, signs and boundary adjustments.

Please contact us if you require assistance determining if your proposal is exempt development.