The Electronic Housing Code offers a faster, easier way to get approval for certain types of development, including renovations and additions.
The system lets you lodge complying development applications online. A complying development is a straight-forward residential development that meets specific criteria and can be determined by councils, without the need for a full development application. This includes renovations, extensions, first floor additions and garages.
Applications are assessed under the NSW Housing Code for lots that are 200m2 and larger.
You can also find out about changes that do not require planning approval, known as an exempt development.
NSW councils and the Department of Planning and Environment are offering the system to industry professionals including builders, planners, developers and architects, as well as the public.
There is also a range of accredited private certifiers participating in the system. In certain local government areas, you can use a private certifier to assess your application.
To see the councils that are offering the Electronic Housing Code, click on the drop down list of Local Government Areas.