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What Is A Complying Development Certificate? Do You Need It?

13.03.18 - Home Building

At Clarendon, our aim is to make building a new home as seamless, stress-free and enjoyable as possible. But, there are obstacles to a new build and a rebuild that can become tricky to navigate depending on the land or property you have purchased. One of these obstacles is approval, so here’s everything you need to know to help smooth out any bumps in the road to your new home…

What kind of development approvals are offered?

There are currently two avenues to getting certified approval for your build plans: Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). The intention of each is the same; to get your home properly approved to build. But, there are some vast differences between the two...

What are these differences?

A DA is an application made to your local council and guidelines differ between once Council area to another. A CDC is an application through a private certifier using State Government Regulations – these regulations apply to all Council areas and differ from individual Council Guidelines.

What are the pros and cons of each?

A DA application time frame can be varied between one Council to another and depends on the application process Council undertake. Some can take around 6 weeks, others in excess of 12 week. Trying to abide by the application standards can be confusing and difficult as each council follows their own guidelines.

CDC is a more streamlined application process (around 4-8 weeks) and due to their predetermined guidelines, is the preferred method for all good builders. The process itself is much easier and straightforward, guidelines are clear, concise and nationally universal.

How long will it take to assess my application?

The determination time will be dependent on the type of application being lodged and the information submited as part of the application. Council approval is a two part process; DA approval is always granted through council, and the construction certificate can be granted through a private certifier. For Construction Certificate applications turnaround time can vary depending on the information the certifier needs, but the assessment generally takes around 7 days. Complying Development applications generally take around 4 - 6 weeks to assess. All Complying Development Applications are subject to a mandatory 14 day neighbour notification period before an assessment can be completed.

Talk to us about your options and more information on the approvals process

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