The Complying Development Certificate (C.D.C.)

The second and more common form of approval application is the Complying Development Certificate or C.D.C. 

This form of application was put in place in NSW around 1998 to allow for a swifter approval process for internal fitouts and modifications where there is no change of use or any external building works that impact on the building foot print or the perimeter walls.

A CDC can be provided by Council or by an accredited Private Certifier who can generally provide an approval, once all the forms, documataion and drawings have been completed, in 4-6 days which is quite an improvement on the 6-8 weeks for a D.A.

There are very strick criteria governing whether a CDC can be used and if any one of these items are not met, you will need to proceed with a DA.

A good starting point is to apply for a Section 149 Planning Certifiacte from Council to confirm if you are able to do a CDC in the seleted building. This takes 2-3 days and costs $150.00 to $200.00.

If the 149 certificate allowes for CDC's, you will need then to select a certifier and provide them with all the plans, documentation and information regarding your project so they can confirm if you meet all the other criteria to allow for a CDC. The cost of a CDC via a private certifier can range from $1,500.00 to $15,000.00 plus depending on the size and complexity of the project.