Changes To NSW Exempt & Complying Development Controls To Save Businesses $76M

23/12/2013 4:29 am

The NSW Government is introducing planning changes that will save businesses $76 million a year and make it easier for homeowners to make small renovations.

On 19 December 2013, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure announced a range of changes to the streamlined development approvals system, which:

  • Give more home owners and businesses access to streamlined approvals for low impact development, like building or renovating a home, or a new commercial or industrial premises
  • Give greater flexibility to councils to vary statewide rules to reflect local circumstances
  • Provide additional requirements for neighbours to be informed about proposals
  • Strengthen rules relating to privacy, protection of significant trees and earthworks to minimise impacts on neighbours and the environment

The common-sense amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) will save homeowners time and money, NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“These changes, which follow more than two years of consultation, are great news for homeowners who will be able to save up to $7,000 on the cost of building a new home by getting approval as complying development,” Mr Hazzard said.

“They will give homeowners and businesses faster, simpler approvals for low-impact developments such as building or renovating a home or business.

“This will help streamline the delivery of new housing, create jobs and deliver more certainty in the planning process.”

Under the changes businesses will also be able to open 24 hours in the two weeks leading up to Christmas 2014 without requiring planning approval in business zones where residents will not be impacted.

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