Complying Development Certificate

Complying Development Certificate in Sydney for airy and modern living space

Complying Development Certificate Made Easy

What is a CDC and do I need one?

Whether you need a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or Development Application (DA) for your project depends on several factors, including: boundary setbacks, lot size and type of street frontage. As a rule of thumb, less complex new builds and renovations to existing properties tend to comply to CDC codes, while a challenging site and ambitious build will most likely require a DA.

I need a CDC in Sydney!

Then this is what you need to know… Being granted a CDC should be a much speedier process than getting a DA, but to get a CDC in Sydney your development must meet a specific, standard set of regulations as detailed in the NSW state government code, rather than your local council code. The standard requirements are set in stone and are non-negotiable. Considering this, the CDC process is best suited to more straightforward developments, such as:

  • Residential construction
  • Residential renovations and minor extensions
  • Carports or garage construction
  • Building demolition
  • Small retail or commercial developments
  • Interior alterations/reconfigurations

The CDC application can be submitted directly to your council or you can choose to engage the services of a private certifier. Because compliance has already been verified in the application, you could get a fast-tracked approval within as little as a week, although 10-14 days is the norm with many NSW councils. At Design Plus Drafting we work with you and your certifier or council to ensure all the required paperwork is correctly provided. We create documentation including floor plans and elevations, site plans and a BASIX certificate to make sure your development has a speedy and stress-free certification.

Talk to us on (02) 9565 2265 about how a CDC in Sydney can accelerate your project.

Thank you so much for all the drawings you provided for our house renovation. The urgency with which you turned it around was so refreshing. The council approved your plans really quickly and I have your team to thank. I would have no reservation in using Design Plus Drafting again.

Gary – Mosman
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