Generally, the development must:
- not constructed on land:
- in a foreshore area
- in an environmentally sensitive area
- in a heritage conservation area
- in a draft heritage conservation area.
- not be constructed or installed on or in a heritage item or a draft heritage item
- be constructed or installed so any surface water or runoff is disposed of by a drainage system connected to existing storm water drainage system
- be constructed in accordance with AS/NZS 2890.1:2004, Parking facilities, Part 1: Off-street car parking or AS: 2890.2—2002, Parking facilities, Part 2: Off-street commercial vehicle facilities.
For a full list of development standards that driveways and hardstand spaces must meet to be exempt development, please refer to these provisions in the State Policy .
The area requirements of driveways and hardstand spaces, pathways and paving that can be installed as exempt development is indicated in the diagram above.
- If you propose to remove or prune any existing trees or vegetation, you should contact your council first to make sure you don’t need approval for this.
- Works must be structurally adequate, installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
- Any structures that would be located on public land, or on or over a public road (including temporary structures), must have separate approval from the relevant council, or Roads and Maritime Services under the Roads Act 1993 and the Local Government Act 1993 .
- Generally , exempt development cannot be carried out on:
- land that is, or on which there is, an item that is listed on the State Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1977 or that is subject to an interim heritage order under that Act (unless an exemption has been granted under section 57 of the Heritage Act 1977);
- a critical habitat of an endangered species, population or ecological community under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 or the Fisheries Management Act 1994 ;
- a wilderness area under the Wilderness Act 1987 .