You may require this approval if you intend to build or undertake certain types of renovations in ACT. The scale and potential environmental impact of your proposed development will determine which of the three processes your proposal must undergo before it may be approved. More basic development proposals are required to be approved through the Code track. Examples of these developments include:
- Large pergola
- Below ground swimming pool
- Dual occupancy proposal
- House extension.
Most developments fall into the Merit track process. Examples include:
- Childcare centre in a residential area
- Gym in a commercial area
- Apartments in a commercial area.
Proposed developments of a significant size, or those likely to impact on the environment, are assessed through the Impact track. Examples include:
- Major dams
- Major roads, light rail or other forms of transport infrastructure
- Clearing large areas of native vegetation for any purpose.
Please be aware that some types of development are exempt from requiring this approval, for example building a house in a new housing area. Similarly, some developments are prohibited, for example construction of an industrial facility in a residential zone.
Please consult the attached guide and / or the Contact Officer for further details specific to your proposed development.