Generally, development including building work and renovations may:
- be Exempt Development;
- be Complying Development; or
- need a Development Application and a Construction Certificate
Council's Building section gives an overview of the approvals and certification process.
If your development meets the nominated criteria for exempt development, Council consent is not required.
If your development meets the nominated criteria for complying development, a complying development certificate is required. A complying development certificate may be issued by Council or a private Accredited Certifier.
Development requiring a Development Application
All development proposals that do not meet the nominated criteria for exempt or complying development will require a development application.
If your proposal requires a development application and involves building work, you are required to:
- Submit a to Council
- Obtain Development Consent, subject to the application complying with relevant planning and environmental considerations
- Obtain a Construction Certificate from Council or a private Accredited Certifier
- Appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) - either Council or a private Accredited Certifier) and notify Council of the appointment
- Notify Council of the date when it is intended that works will commence
- Organise for the Principal Certifying Authority to inspect the construction works at specified stages; and
- Obtain an Occupation Certificate from the Principal Certifying Authority, before using the building.
Note: Steps 4 to 7 also apply to Complying Developments
You may contact us by phone or email, or come into our Customer Service Centre to discuss your proposal with our duty officer.
Common Building Projects
Find step-by-step guides to getting approval for construction, additions & refurbishment of single dwellings, dual occupancies, granny flats, home units and boarding houses.
Here are the steps for gaining development approval (or exemption) for business premises, restaurants, mixed use developments and home commerce.
Learn about Randwick City Council's development approval process for garages, carports, balconies, decks, fences, retaining walls and private swimming pools.
Other building projects
If you want to subdivide a building or a parcel of land, or commence other building projects, you should read this step-by-step guide to gaining Council approval.