Development Consent / Complying Development Certificate - New South Wales

Service summary

Council approval is needed if you intend to undertake any form of development in New South Wales. A development refers to a range of different activities. It includes applications to change the type of activity a building or a piece of land is used for. It can be the subdivision of a piece of land. It also includes all types of building and construction work that is conducted on public or private property (apart from public roads which are covered by a separate approval). Development Consents also cover the demolition of a building or work.

Your first action if you intend to undertake a development should be to contact your Council for a Planning Certificate. This document will contain important information about the piece of land or building, such as environmental, heritage or planning restrictions. This information will help guide you in designing your development proposal.

Council will also be able to help you decide whether your proposal should be covered by a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Consent. New South Wales has streamlined its development process by listing certain development activities that can be easily approved by Council. If your proposal adheres to these guidelines then it may be approved more promptly. If it is a more complicated development proposal, or of a type that falls outside of these standardised strictures, than the process is likely to take longer as Council considers the details of the application. The Council will be able to assist you to correctly categorise your proposal.

Council will often provide a series of development recommendations with the approval at this stage of the process. In order for the development work to be able to start you will need to address these new criteria when you apply for a Construction Certificate. This approval allows you to actually begin the work on the development project. Once the work is complete Council will inspect the development to ensure that it has met all of the guidelines agreed to and grant you final approval with an Occupation Certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must provide details such as the exact location of the proposed development, building height, access driveways, emergency evacuation plans, floor space ratios and noise management plans.

If your proposal relates to a residential dwelling you will need to submit a Building Sustainability Index Certificate (BASIX) with your proposal. BASIX is a web-based planning tool designed to incorporate a range of environmentally sustainable features into your development project. If your development application that relates to residential apartment development you may require a statement by a qualified designer.

If the application relates to Designated Development, an Environmental Impact Statement is required. Designated Development refers to developments which are high impact developments or which are located in or near an environmentally sensitive area. Designated Development does not include State significant development.

Please be aware that if your proposed development is in bush fire prone land, you may require a bushfire attack level (BAL) risk assessment. Please contact your local rural fire service for details.

The Council may also impose specific conditions on individual Development Consents.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the consent or certificate.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Woollahra Municipal Council

Act(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Woollahra Municipal Council

Operating address:
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay
NSW 2028
Mailing address:
Double Bay, New South Wales 1360


02 9391 7000


02 9391 7044


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