What is complying development (CDC)?

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In NSW, most property developments such as new buildings and renovations require development consent from a consent authority. This consent can be given through a DA or a CDC.

Development application (DA)

DAs give Council a chance to fully consider whether they want to allow the proposal. The DA can be rejected if the Council does not support the proposal. This process often takes months even for small buildings like a single house.

Avg DA processing time = 75 days

For residential projects assessed by council officers

Complying development certificate (CDC)

For some specific development types on qualifying land, there is an alternate approval pathway called complying development. On this pathway, development will be automatically approved as a CDC if it meets certain pre-defined standards.

Avg CDC processing time = 22 days

For residential projects assessed by council officers


Steps to get approval via CDC

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