Lake Inverell

Complying Development

Complying Development is a quick, simple alternative to the Development Application (DA) process. Under the DA process, each application is subject to a ‘merit-based’ assessment. However, a Complying Development satisfies a range of predetermined planning standards and does not require the merit assessment.

A Complying Development is a building approval only. As is the case with Construction Certificates, Council or an accredited Private Certifier can issue a Construction Certificate as the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA). At the time of lodgement, the owner must appoint a PCA. Inverell Shire Council currently operates under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Further information regarding State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 can be found at


To lodge a Complying Development Certificate Application with Council you will need to complete the Development, Building and Subdivision Application Form ensuring you:

  • Check the box next to Complying Development Certificate,
  • Complete sections A-F, and
  • Make sure all the property owners have signed the form under Section B.

Once you have your plans, costs and supporting information together Council staff can provide you with a fee quote prior to lodgement by telephoning (02) 6728 8200.

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Last modified 16-Jan-2020



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PO Box 138 Inverell NSW 2360

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Inverell NSW 2360

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