A CDC (Complying Development Certificate) is a Development Application and Construction Certificate rolled into one. Rising in popularity, the CDC allows residential developments to be fast tracked by eliminating council’s involvement and neighbour objections.
Recent changes to the code has broadened the net for compliance, the categories for a complying development have been expanded through amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. The rationale behind the amendments is to “reduce red tape”, increasing the number of developments that are code assessed rather than merit assessed.
When considering a CDC as an option for your alteration and additional or new home, remember understanding the guidelines is critical. It is recommended you speak with an architect who has experience with the current CDC code and knowledge of your local council planning controls to ensure that your property is eligible and your design ideas and needs will be compliant.
The benefits are many with this kind of expert assistance. Not only will you save time but also money by avoiding potentially expensive consultants required by council’s development application check lists, or further supporting document requested due to neighbour objections which are commonly submitted around privacy and over shadowing. All in all, the CDC could be the way forward for the hassle free build of your dream home.