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On 27 February 2009 the NSW Government introduced a new State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, called the "Codes SEPP". The Codes SEPP has state wide implications for the determination of Exempt and Complying Development.

NB: As a result a number of alterations need to be made to Council's Development Planning tool. These alterations will affect the system's ability to provide advice on the nature of the proposed development. In other words, the system will be unable to determine if your proposed development can be done as Exempt Works, Complying Development or as Local Development (Development Application).

Council will endeavour to restore this functionality in the system in due course. In the interim period, Development Planning will continue to provide extensive Development Application information as it always has.

Should you wish to obtain information about Exempt or Complying Development please use the links provided below for assistance. Council will endeavour to make the necessary changes to this system in as timely a manner as possible and apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Should you have any queries or assistance in relation to determining the requirements for your application please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333.


What is Development Planning?

Will Development Planning identify all my application requirements?

Most times. However, there is always the possibility that an assessment officer will identify other requirements once the assessment process begins or during a site visit. This is because it is impossible to know everything about each site in the City. If you provide the information requested through Development Planning, you will minimise the requests for further information and the time it takes to assess your application.

Do Not use Development Planning:

If you are preparing an application under the following circumstances:

For further assistance, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (02) 4921 0333.

Professional Assistance

Development is a complex issue, regardless of the size or location of a development. Council recommends seeking assistance from professional consultants when preparing your development application.

Development Potential

The information that Development Planning produces may give you an indication of the development potential of a parcel of land, however, it is not a substitute for obtaining a Section 149 Planning Certificate. If you are thinking of buying a property for development purposes, you should not rely on the information in Development Planning to make your decision.

What information will you need?

Getting Started

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Council gives you permission to view, print, and download the content on this website for the purpose of research and the preparation of a development application, construction certificate, and complying development certificate, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, within the Lake Macquarie geographical area. Council does not give you permission to alter, change, or modify the copy of any content from how it appears on this website.

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Users of this website should not treat the content on this website as professional advice. Users of this website should rely on their own inquiries and advice, independent of the information or other content of this website.

I understand that the information on this website is not a substitute for obtaining a section 149 planning certificate under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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