What is a complying development certificate or a 'CDC'?

What is a complying development certificate or a 'CDC'?

by Christine Xegas | 24 September 2013
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What is a complying development certificate or a 'CDC'?

by Christine Xegas
September 24, 2013

ChristineXegas 70x60We have been asked by a number of clients to explain the difference between a Complying Development Certificate and a Development Application.

Blogger: Christine Xegas, Plan Assist Property Team

In a nutshell, a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) is issued by a private certifier rather than your local council and is assessed against a state government code rather than your local council code.

It is much quicker to approve as government legislation states that your private certifier must issue the CDC within 10 days of lodgement. This assumes that all the correct documentation has been lodged. For a list of certifiers in your area, contact us.

What is the correct documentation? Well it depends on what you are building but generally you will require floor plans and elevations, site plan, engineering plans, approval by your local water company, a Basix certificate a Drainage plan and an updated Section 149 certificate from council.


Why don’t I do a CDC for all my developments? Your site must comply with some set codes in order for you to be able to do a CDC such as boundary set backs, minimum lot sizes and street frontages.

About Christine Xegas
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Christine Xegas is a Project Manager at Plan Assist Property Team, working with renowned property investor, Harry Charalambous. Plan Assist is one of Australia’s leading resources for property services, providing Property Investors with an end-to-end property investment service and incorporating Finance, Property Mentoring & Membership, Buyer’s Agency, Project Management and Construction services.

Christine orchestrates all aspects of our investor’s developments and has a strong commitment to achieving completion, within budget and on time. We take you through the different stages and processes which can include, site acquisition, development application, construction certificate, tender and contract signing, construction administration and management.

If you are contemplating a new development and think you may be able to do it as a CDC, contact Plan Assist for further information.

What is a complying development certificate or a 'CDC'?
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