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Development Approvals Streamlined for Regional NSW

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has welcomed the NSW Government’s move to help speed up building projects in the Barwon Electorate.

Mr Humphries said all 13 rural and regional local government areas in Barwon now have complying development assessments fast-tracked so builders and renovators can get on with projects in their communities.

“These changes will help save people time and money, and will mean building projects can be delivered faster across the electorate,” Mr Humphries said.

“The NSW Government has listened to the local community, industry and businesses who have said previous requirements made complying development in regional and rural areas more expensive, time consuming and confusing.

“With these new rules in place people will be able to make small and simple changes to their properties quickly and easily.”

A complying development is a combined planning and construction approval for straightforward developments that can be determined through a fast track assessment by a council or private accredited certifier.

Fast-tracked complying development approvals can be issued on average within 18 days. This compares with the average determination time for a full development application of 70 days.

More than $4.4 billion of development was delivered by complying development in 2013-2014.

The changes to the existing Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 will remove the 14 day pre-approval neighbour notification for residential complying development, and also reduce the pre-construction neighbour notification for new buildings and additions from seven days to two days.

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