When it comes to building and construction projects in Australia, two common types of applications are Development Applications (DA) and Complying Development Applications (CDC). Although both of these applications relate to building and construction, there are significant differences between them. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between the DA and the CDC.
Development Application (DA)
A Development Application (DA) is a formal request for permission to carry out development work, such as construction, demolition, or alteration of a building or structure. This application is submitted to the local council or certifier, and the council or certifier assesses the proposal against the relevant planning and building codes.
A DA is usually required for more complex or larger projects that require detailed assessment, such as multi-story buildings, heritage buildings, or projects that may impact the local community or environment. The DA process involves public notification, and interested parties can make submissions in support or against the proposal. The council or certifier may also impose conditions on the approval.
Complying Development Application (CDC)
A Complying Development Application (CDC) is a streamlined approval process that allows for certain types of development to be assessed and approved by a private certifier without the need for a formal DA. CDCs are only available for development that meets strict development standards, as outlined in the relevant state or territory legislation.
CDCs are designed to be a faster and more efficient approval process for straightforward development projects, such as single-story homes, renovations, or commercial fit-outs. They can only be assessed by accredited certifiers, and there is no public notification or submission process involved. The certifier must determine if the proposal complies with the relevant standards and if so, the project can proceed.
The key differences between DA and CDC include:
– Complexity: DA is for more complex or larger projects, while CDC is for simpler and straightforward development projects that meet strict development standards.
– Assessment Process: DA requires a detailed assessment by the local council or certifier, while CDC is assessed by an accredited private certifier.
– Public Notification: DA involves public notification and submission process, while CDC does not.
– Timeframe: DA can take longer to assess and approve, while CDC is a streamlined and faster process.
– Imposed Conditions: DA may have imposed conditions on approval, while CDC does not.
In summary, the choice between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Application (CDC) depends on the nature and complexity of the proposed development. DA is a more detailed and complex process suitable for larger or more complex projects, while CDC is a streamlined process designed for simpler and straightforward projects that meet strict development standards. It is always advisable to seek professional advice to determine the most appropriate application for your development project.