Exempt development

What is exempt development?

Some minor works or change of use of premises do not need any planning or building approval. This is called 'exempt development'. Exempt development is very low impact development that can be done for certain commercial properties. Providing your proposal meets specific development standards, approval from Council is not needed.

What types of work is exempt development?

There are over 50 types of exempt development. Common examples include:

  • Access ramps
  • Aerials, antennae and communication dishes
  • Air conditioning units
  • Automatic teller machines
  • Awnings, blinds, canopies, shade structures 
  • Balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandahs
  • Bollards
  • Building alterations (internal and external)
  • Carports
  • Change of use of premises and view the conditions of the last known development consent
  • Demolition
  • Driveways and hard stand spaces
  • Fences
  • Filming
  • Home business (private dwelling only)
  • Scaffolding, hoarding and temporary site construction fences
  • Signs

Is my work exempt development?

Visit the Exempt Development website to identify if your development is considered exempt development.

This webpage also includes an Interactive Buildings tool that provides the criteria for which development types can be carried out without development consent.

Useful resources

Exempt development - information sheets

Don't know what 'ancillary development' or a 'primary road' is? Find out below.

Definitions List 1 (check first)

Definitions List 2

My work is not exempt development

If your proposal does not fully comply with the exempt development criteria, it is likely you need approval.

Complying development

Development application