Before you plan any building work, renovations or outbuildings, it's a good idea to check with Council to determine which planning controls apply to your property. If your proposed building work or renovation is neither exempt nor complying development you will need to submit a development application through Council.
If you are an owner of a property you may require approval for the following:
Building or extending a house, shed, garage, veranda, carport, granny flat or retaining wall
Significant tree pruning or removal
Change of use of land
On-site sewage management
Liquid trade waste
Many types of home renovations and minor building projects don't need approval from a Council or accredited certifier; this is called exempt development. As long as the building project meets specific standards and land requirements no planning or building approval is needed. The standards you must comply with for most complying development works are outlined in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.