What is a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?

CDC approval is a collective planning and construction approval process. It’s a process to fast-track approval and can be obtained with the help of a private certifier.

The CDC process is more cost-effective than obtaining approval through council as anything required is one approval. This cancels out the need for a separate construction Certificate application thereby saving you time and money.

There are two steps in Complying Development Certificate (CDC):

  • Firstly, obtain a Section 10.7 (2&5) Planning Certificate to confirm permissibility
  • Secondly, provide all of the documents specified in the CDC checklist.

When is Complying Development Certificate (CDC) approval required?

CDC is required in situations when you are building a new dwelling or making alterations and additions to an existing residential building.  It’s an approval that doesn’t require a separate council development application for approval.

Common examples of Complying Development Certificates (CDC):

  • Building a one and two storey home
  • Renovating / extension of a home
  • Building a secondary dwelling
  • Building a detached studio
  • Building a dual occupancy / terraces
  • Building a Shed / Alfresco / outbuilding
  • Earthworks and structural supports
  • Building a fence
  • Building a swimming pool
  • Carrying out a strata subdivision
  • Demolishing a building

Who can issue Complying Development Certificate (CDC) certificate?

A CDC Approval can be issued by a private accredited certifier. A CDC will be issued by the certifying authority prior to building work commencing.

Our experienced team can ensure that you meet the relevant requirements from the State Environment Planning Policy, Building Code of Australia & Local Council Requirements to have your development approved through CDC.

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How we work

  • 1. You request a Fee Proposal

    You will fill in an Application Form with required details and we will then provide you with a no obligation Fee Proposal

  • 2. You accept the Fee Proposal

    Once you have accepted the Fee Proposal and paid the corresponding invoice we will commence the certification process

  • 3. We Commence the Certification Process

    We review all provided documents and request further details if required. We then organise any required Site Inspections.

  • 4. We Complete Required Site Inspections

    We complete the required Site Inspections and inform you of any further requirements

  • 5. We Issue the Certification

    After all required updates are complete, our Principal Certifier will provide the Certification