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Complying Development

Some residential, commercial and industrial development can be constructed as complying development.

A proposal must meet all of the relevant development standards nominated (eg: height limits, floor space ratio, distances to boundaries), and comply with the Building Code of Australia.

In some instances, a notice of the proposal is sent to your neighbours.

Complying Development can be approved by a Council or a privately accredited certifier.

What can I build ?

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) 2009 development standards can be viewed at:

The standards in this document are grouped into individual codes.

  • General Housing Code: for construction of dwelling houses and ancillary development, including swimming pools, garages and fences.
  • Housing Alterations Code: for internal and external alterations and additions to existing dwelling houses.
  • General Development Code: for miscellaneous items.
  • Commercial and Industrial Alterations Code: for internal building alterations, change of use proposals, first use of premises, mechanical ventilation systems, shop front and awnings, and several other types of alterations to commercial and industrial premises.
  • Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions) Code: for new industrial buildings and additions to commercial and industrial buildings.
  • Subdivisions Code: for strata subdivision of buildings other than dual occupancies.
  • Demolition Code: for demolition of various structures.
  • Fire Safety Code: for fire safety upgrades

Should you wish to lodge a Complying Development application with Blacktown City Council, the CDC application form is available on the Building and Development Application forms web page.

Should you have any further questions in relation to Complying Development, please contact Council's Duty Building Surveyor on (02) 9839-6000.


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