Development and Assessment
Find information on development applications through to complying development certificates and integrated developments to help you apply online using the NSW Planning Portal.
Local development is the most common type of development in NSW and needs development approval.
Complying development is a fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development.
You do not need planning or construction approval for many minor renovations and low-impact works (exempt development).
Not all development requires consent before work can start. This includes some low-impact or routine activities such as home businesses or markets in a public recreation zone.
Some areas have unique qualities that need special planning and development assessment provisions.
Commonwealth telecommunications rules may apply when lodging a development application.
Regionally significant development needs to be notified and assessed by a council and then determined by the relevant Planning Panel.
Development of a large scale, economic value or that carries potential social or environmental impacts can be deemed to have State significance.