Some structures qualify as exempt development or complying development, which means they require no approval or the approval process is simplified.
If you want to build a structure that meets Council's definition of exempt development (as defined in the current Local Environmental Plan), then you will not need council approval. This is because council has already determined, and the community has agreed, that structures defined as exempt development have minimal or no impact on neighbours, such as some fences or garden sheds.
If you want to build a structure that has been defined as complying development, then you do require approval. However this approval can be obtained either from Council or a privately accredited professional.
An application for complying development will be fast-tracked through the system, as Council has determined, and the community has agreed, that such structures have minimal impact on neighbours and the community, such as some single storey dwellings or additions.
To find out if your proposed structure qualifies as exempt or complying development, contact council on phone 02 6626 7025 between 9.00am and 1.00pm and discuss what you are planning with one of our duty officers.