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A plain-english guide to Exempt Development, Complying Development and Development Approvals (DAs).
Certain minor building renovations or works are categorised as 'exempt development', meaning they do not require planning approval. Find out if your development qualifies for exempt development, and what your options are if it doesn't.
In some cases approval can be issued without the need for a full development application, provided the application meets very specific criteria. Find out if your development qualifies for complying development, and what your options are if it doesn't.
A Development Application, commonly referred to as a 'DA', is required for most developments in the local area. Find out if you need one and how to apply for one if you do.