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Development Consent - Sutherland Shire Council - New South Wales


You will need Development Consent in order to undertake development activities.

There are 3 different categories of development:

  • Exempt Development - this includes activities such as minor, do-it-yourself, renovation work. For example, replacing the tiles in your bathroom or erecting a pre-fabricated structure such as a garden shed. Exempt development activities do not require council approval.
  • Complying Development - if your proposed development meets the standards for a Complying Development Certificate, it can be approved through this fast tracked process. This certificate can be obtained if your proposed development meets predetermined standards such as maximum building height, length and width.
  • Development Application - for more complicated development proposals.

If your development is approved under a Complying Development Certificate, once the work is complete, the council will inspect the development to ensure that it has met the agreed guidelines and grant you final approval with an Occupation Certificate. Please note that building inspections may take place throughout the development process.

If your development is approved under a Development Application, you will need a Construction Certificate before starting your development work. Once the work is complete, the council will inspect the development to ensure it has met the agreed guidelines and issue an Occupation Certificate.

Before you apply for Development Consent, it is recommended that you contact your council for a pre-lodgement discussion.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this Approval you must provide details such as the estimated cost of the proposed project, building height, access driveways, emergency evacuation plans, floor space ratios and noise management plans.


A Development Consent must also be accompanied by a statement disclosing any political donations or gifts made by any person who has a financial interest in the proposed development.


Any residential development, alterations or additions to a dwelling will also need to submit a BASIX certificate. BASIX, the Building Sustainability Index, is an interactive, web-based planning tool designed to enhance buildings with cost-effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption and improve thermal comfort.


Councils can also impose specific conditions on individual development consent applications.


Please consult directly with the Council for information on any eligibility requirements specific to your Approval.


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Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You can find the NSW Planning Portal fees here.

Apply Application All

You can find the Sutherland Shire Council Fees here.

Administering agency

Sutherland Shire Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.