July 09 2021 0Comment

Can You Build Your Dream Home? A Simplified Guide To A CDC Approval

Do you know if your dream home ticks all the boxes to become a reality? Despite having a plan for your new home, if it does not meet the NSW complying codes, it may not go ahead. Lucky for you, that is why we are here. In this blog, we will be explaining the boxes you will need to tick to complete a CDC approval.


What Is A CDC Approval?

In short, A Complying Development Certificate (CDC) is a ‘fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development, determined by your council or an accredited private certifier’ (Service NSW.) This process is derived from the ‘Codes SEPP’ policy

What Is The ‘Codes SEPP’

To simplify, the ‘State Environmental Planning Policy- Exempt and Complying Codes (Codes SEPP), is to provide a streamlined assessment process for development. This process is by supplying exempt and development codes that are state-wide. Essentially, this process is in place to allow for straightforward construction projects to gain approval without needing to complete a council Development Application (DA.)

Now that is over! Let’s jump in.

If you are at the stage where you are mapping out your new home, you want to make sure all aspects will be complying with the CDC approval process. By reviewing the NSW Housing Code- A guide to complying development’, you will find a detailed outline of everything required to gain approval.

Some restrictions that may cause an application rejection are:

  • Heritage-listed areas or properties
  • Land of high Aboriginal cultural significance
  • Critical habitats or wilderness areas
  • Bushfire or flood-prone land

To name a few!

This guide contains an easy-to-read table specifying the development standards relating to lot area, lot width and more. This information will provide you with a greater understanding of the acceptable size of your project in relation to the lot size and width.

View the table below.


Why Choose a CDC over a DA?

Without a doubt, if a CDC is permissible for your project then it is the more desired process to choose. Generally, a CDC is a fast-tracked process and can take as little as 20 days to complete. Unlike a DA approval, which can take between 40-90 days to complete.

View this short video below provided by the NSW Government, summarising the complying development process. 

Complying Development


Oh, and before I forget, remember to tell your neighbours about your new exciting project! 


After reviewing the Complying Development guide, ATN will provide the guidance needed to determine the best process for you. As experts in the industry, ATN will be there every step of the way to ensure you can build your dream home.


Click the link on our website to download your free copy of the Consumer Guide To Complying Development!

Call ATN Constructions today on (02) 9809 2644


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