What you need to know about Complying Development Certificates

At ES Design, our priority is to ensure that the process of building is a smooth, hassle-free and pleasant experience. In saying this, a few hurdles may arise when participating in a new build, depending on the land or property where construction is set to take place. One of these main hurdles is concerning approvals.  …

22 July, 2022

At ES Design, our priority is to ensure that the process of building is a smooth, hassle-free and pleasant experience. In saying this, a few hurdles may arise when participating in a new build, depending on the land or property where construction is set to take place. One of these main hurdles is concerning approvals. 

When building a new home or participating in a major renovation, there are two ways in which you can have your plans for your build approved: 

  1. A Development Application (DA)
  2. Complying Development Certificate (CDC)

Both approvals are beneficial. However, the CDC proves worth delving into.

What is a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?

In simple terms, a CDC is a planning and construction process approval that is issued by an authorised, private certifier, bypassing local councils, saving both time and money. 

A CDC is judged against a particular set of standards under NSW legislation, meaning the proposed building works comply very strictly with the relevant regulation and building legislation, with little to no room for leeway. 

To be issued a CDC, a project must follow and adhere to specific requirements prior to applying for one. These prerequisites include:

  • All works involved in the development project must act under the Building Code of Australia.
  • Before any work can begin, a project in development must be permissible with consent in the land zone. This can be determined under the relevant council’s Local Environmental Plan.
  • Complying development does not override private covenants or similar legal instruments, suggesting that a covenant that may necessitate a particular construction material or limit building heights must continue to apply to the land.
Faster approval times than a DAClear and concise Code to be metThe use of a private certifierMuch more affordable than a DAApprovals can be prior to land registration

A Quick Checklist:

Whether a development is approved or not depends on numerous factors, such as site restrictions, which need to be considered and checked at the beginning of the assessment process. This extensive check could either prohibit or permit the application as a Complying Development. The following is a list of standard requirements for any CDC:

  • Planning Certificate: a legal document that confirms the zoning and applicable rules for the development of a property
  • Title Search
  • Water Authority Check
  • Home Builders Insurance or Owner/Builder Permit
  • Tree removal approval
  • Long Service levy
  • Site survey
  • Designer/architects plans
  • Engineers plans
  • Pest control certificate
  • BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) certificates for fire-prone areas
  • Smoke alarm certificate
  • Pest control certificate
  • Pool and fencing approval
  • Site management plan

Who can help with your application submission? 

The process of obtaining a CDC is not a simple one and can be daunting, lengthy and overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with or knowledgeable in the industry. 

To acquire a CDC, get in touch with the ES Design team. We can assist with organising and submitting applications on your behalf, completing all relevant paperwork and documentation, and guaranteeing that your project’s essentials and prerequisites are supported and administered.

Contact us today to find out more.

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