Town Planning Consultancy

Our town planning consultants can offer professional and educated advice to streamline your construction project.

Exempt Development

East Coast Approvals Group can identify if a project is an exempt development, which don’t need approval from Council. These projects are minor renovations and low impact works such as:

  • Balconies, decks, patios, etc.
  • Carports
  • Earthworks and retaining works
  • Temporary uses and structures
  • Waterway structures

 

Development Application

A development application (DA) is a formal request for consent to carry out a proposed development, such as a change of use of land, subdivide land, and carry out building, landscaping, and other work. You must lodge a DA and have it approved by the council before starting to build or make changes to the land.

The council or a building professional like a town planner or accredited certifier will advise if you need to lodge a DA.

In almost all cases, the council issues the development consent, although sometimes a state agency will give consent.

Accredited certifiers cannot assess DAs.

Complying Development Certificates

A complying development certificate (CDC) is an alternative to a development application. A CDC is a fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial developments. These projects meet a strict list of criteria and can be approved by an accredited certifier.

A CDC is issued if a proposed development complies with relevant planning and building controls under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

East Coast Approvals Group can issue CDCs. The certificate must be obtained before any building work commences, including site works like demolition and excavation. Complying development is continually expanding and this kind of planning is well worth exploring for your future development. 

If you have any questions regarding town planning and complying developments, contact our dedicated team.

Complying Development Certificates

A complying development certificate (CDC) is an alternative to a development application. A CDC is a process implemented by the NSW State Government to fast-track town planning and building approval process for straightforward residential, commercial, and industrial developments.

A CDC, if it is feasible, is in effect, a combined DA/CC and this removes the need to be referred to Council prior to issuance. These projects must meet a strict list of state government criteria and can be approved by a registered certifier. CDCs are issued if a proposed development complies with relevant planning and building controls under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

East Coast Approvals Group can issue CDCs. The certificate must be obtained before any building work commences, including site works like excavation.

East Coast Approvals Group can provide town planning advice to assist in identifying if your proposed building works comply with the relevant planning controls.

If you have any questions regarding town planning, please contact our dedicated team.