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Streamlining regional and rural planning

3 November 2015
Rural and regional NSW homeowners and businesses can now fast-track their building projects through changes to the complying development process.
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Complying development allows quick approval for straightforward works provided they meet pre-determined criteria assessed by a council or private certifier.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said changes to the development process will save builders and renovators time and money and will be less confusing for applicants.

“We listened to councils, industry and businesses who told us previous notification requirements made complying development in regional and rural areas more expensive, time consuming and confusing,” Mr Stokes said.

Approvals can now be issued on average within 18 days, compared to the average time of 70 days for a full development application.

The changes to the existing Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 will:

• remove the 14 day pre-approval neighbour notification for residential complying development

• reduce the pre-construction neighbour notification for new buildings and additions.

Changes to the complying development process will be available in 110 rural and regional council areas across NSW.

Visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website for more information on changes to the complying development process.

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