The following works may be exempt development:
- repairs or replacement of decking, handrails, ladders, or other non-load bearing elements
- non-structural internal or external alterations to an existing boat shed
- installation of emergency lighting and other equipment (such as lifebuoys), and service pedestals
- painting and other surface treatments to protect structures from corrosion or weathering.
For a full list of development standards that apply to waterway structures under exempt development, please refer to these provisions.
- Depending on the type of development, approvals may be required under the Fisheries Management Act 1994, and any relevant licence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
- 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: