If you want to build a new one or two storey home, renovate your home, add a granny flat or a swimming pool, you may be able to apply for a quick 10 day building approval.
A new home, renovation or improvement can be approved in 10 days or less without the need for a DA if it meets criteria in the NSW Government's Housing Code.
The Housing Code is an alternative to the traditional development application (DA) process saving home owners time and money with less paperwork and a quicker approval.
Using the NSW Housing Code you may have a faster approval for your home.
About the Housing Code and fast approvals
What is the NSW Housing Code?A NSW Government initiative for people who want to build a new one or two storey home, renovate or improve their current home.
It's an alternative to the traditional development application (DA) process. The NSW Housing Code aims to save time and money by making home approvals easier and faster.
Do I qualify for a 10 day or less approval?Before you start building you need to know if you need planning approval. The earlier you think about the types of approval you may need the easier the planning process will be. You will be able to design your development around the approval requirements.
No planning approvalIn some cases you don't need any planning approval at all.
The 57 types of projects include some garden sheds, barbeques, fences and pergolas.
For more information on these "exempt developments" read the PDF fact sheet.
For a full list of the 57 projects that don't need approval scroll to "Part 2 Division 1 General Exempt Development Code" in this NSW Legislation link.
All the rules for these 57 projects are here. You may also need to check your zoning with your council.
Also, check with your local council, builder, architect or contact the Department of Planning.
Department of Planning contact
10 day or less approvalYou can only get a 10 day or less planning approval if:
To find an accredited certifer
Download the User Guide on the NSW Housing Code
Traditional development application (DA)If your building does not meet the rules for a 10 day or less approval you can apply for a development application through your local council. Your development application will be assessed in accordance with the development standards established by local council.
Wherever a building does not meet either the exempt or complying development rules then a development application will need to be lodged. Once you have an approved development application you need to lodge an application for a construction certificate which provides the construction approval. Building work cannot commence until you have both an approved development application and a construction certificate.
The rules for exempt and complying development are different to those for a development application so you need to make sure you are designing your building in accordance with the relevant rules.
Your local council, architect, designer or an accredited private certifer or planning consultant can help you with this.