Unpacking exempt development. Building without the need for approval.
Exempt development is the legal term used to describe minor building work that is not subject to planning or building approval. Numerous home renovations and minor building projects fall under exempt development, eliminating the need for approval from a council or private certifier.
As long as these projects adhere to defined standards and land requirements outlined in the legislation (including the building code of Australia), no planning or building approval is necessary.
When engaging in exempt development work, it is essential to review and adhere to the specific clause provided below to ensure compliance with the building requirements:
- Air conditioners
- Driveway and hardstand spaces
- Minor building alterations – internal
- Minor building alterations – external
- Retaining walls
If exempt development is not an option, it is necessary to obtain development consent approval from your local council. Alternatively, you can acquire a complying development certificate from a private certifier before commencing any construction activities.