The Complying Development Certificate must be approved by the certifying authority prior to building work starting and can be issued within 20 days.

The Complying Development Certificate – also known as CDC –  is a fast track approval process for commercial, residential and industrial building projects. It can be issued within only 20 days, and save homeowners up to $15,000 when building a house, according to The Department of Planning and Environment of New South Wales. The CDC is faster because it does not require the council’s Development Application (DA) approval or a Construction Certificate (CC).

Whether you’re building a new home in Blacktown or Penrith, extending an existing residential, industrial or commercial property in the Blue Mountains, or carrying out building work in Sydney and surrounding suburbs, the Complying Development Certificate can be a great option for you if your application meets specific criteria determined by the local council.

As the Complying Development Certificate must be approved by the certifying authority prior to building work starting, it is recommended that you check with the local council or a private accredited certifier before concluding the plan. Specialists like HK Certifiers can guide you to ensure that your plans are in accordance with all the relevant requirements and development standards so that you can benefit from the faster approval process.

The CDC is also available for minor developments that are determined by your local council’s complying development policy. A Complying Development Certificate can be issued by HK Certifiers, and they can provide specific guidance as to what standards would apply to your development. A certificate may be issued for:

  • Internal and external minor alterations to a residential building
  • Granny Flats
  • New dwellings
  • Swimming Pools
  • Sheds, Garages, Carports, Decks, Patio Covers and Verandahs
  • Building Demolition
  • Works to improve fire safety

These are just some examples of projects that qualify for the Complying Development Certificate, but there are many more.

The CDC certifies that a proposed development meets the complying development criteria, and that building work carried out following approved plans and specifications will comply with relevant standards for your location.

If your small building project is in accordance with all of the requirements, your plan can be approved as Complying Development within only two working days of lodgment. After that, there is a two-day wait for notification from your local council before you can commence work. Substantial projects, such as new houses and granny flats, may take only 7 to 14 days before you have the permission to start the work. According to the Department of Planning and Environment of New South Wales, the average determination time for a standard development application is 70 days. Compared with other options, the Complying Development Certificate will save you significant time and resources.

Building or renovating in Sydney, Penrith, Blacktown, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas?

Obtain advice about getting your project certified with a Complying Development Certificate during the early design stage with a reliable and affordable certifier.

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