Complying Development

Complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward development that can be determined through a fast-track assessment by a council or an accredited certifier.

Complying development applies to homes, businesses and industry and allows for a range of things like the construction of a new dwelling house, alterations and additions to a house, granny flats, new industrial buildings, demolition of a building, and changes to a business use.

How do I get a fast–track approval?
Approvals under the fast-track complying development pathway can be issued in as little as 20 days.

Homeowners can save up to $15,000 when building a house under complying development.

Watch the video below about building made easy with complying development.
Visit the NSW Government Planning information link.

Land Size and Feasibility

In 2009, the NSW Government changed regulations regarding the building of granny flats. On the 31 July 2009, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) was introduced. To meet the criteria your land must be a minimum 450m2 with a 12 metre frontage.

This change allowed homeowners to get granny flat approval without the need for Council approval provided the application meets the minimum Complying Development requirements.

If your property does not meet all the requirements, you can still achieve approval by submitting a Development Application with your local Council provided the criteria is met. 

Lot size: At least 450m2 , but less than 900m2

Lot size: At least 900m2 , but less than 1,500m2

Lot size: At least