Development Consent & Approvals


Development projects with a capital value of more than $10 million are classified as a major project with approval sought through NSW Planning & Environment.


Development projects with a capital value of less than $10 million are generally classified as either Local, Complying or Exempt.


Approval for Local Development can be obtained from us.


A private certifier can be engaged to provide a certificate of compliance (Complying Development Certificate) for a Complying Development.


Exempt development is exempted from obtaining planning consent or a building approval. Some developments may also be classified as Designated or Integrated.


All forms and relevant documents in relation to development applications can be found in the Resource Centre.


Major projects


All developments with a capital value of >$10 million to be declared a Major Project by the Minister for Planning. More information can be obtained through NSW Department of Planning & Environment.


Type of Development


Common conditions Applicant is required to meet, demonstrate compliance with, or, are constrained by 

Designated development  Example: Breweries and distilleries, Ceramic and glass industries, Contaminated soil treatment works  
Integrated development  Example: Development requiring a Environmental Protection Licence from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage; Land-water interface development, such as wharfs, boat ramps etc, requiring approval from NSW Department of Primary Industries 
 Local development Example: Significant alterations and additions to existing buildings, new buildings and new retail development 
 Complying development

Example: Small to medium sized alterations and additions, replacement of existing building identification signage 

 Exempt development
  • Minor and insignificant development that is exempt from obtaining a Planning Consent or Building Approval
  • Development listed in an Environmental Planning Policy as Exempt – e.g. State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or under Part 23 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005
  • Development is of minimal environmental impact
  • Development is deemed to satisfy with the Building Code of Australia
  • Development does not require Fire Engineering measures.
Example: Minor landscaping works, repair of building items – painting, plastering etc, ancillary event development.


Development Application requirements

To assist in clarifying application requirements, you should prepare preliminary information and drawings of the proposed development. Prior to lodgement, you should discuss lodgement requirements with us to clarify as much as possible, including:

  • which statutory planning requirements are relevant
  • what assessment process will be adopted what development category applies (e.g. local, designated, integrated, complying, exempt etc)
  • identify the key issues that would need to be addressed
  • any notification requirements
  • declaration of any political donations, and
  • expected timing of assessment and determination.
As a minimum, to lodge a Development Application, the following will be required:
  • a completed application form
  • legible and professionally drawn architectural, landscaping and/or engineering plans drawn to scale
  • detailed description of the proposal including an Environmental Impact Assessment (eg Statement of Environmental Effects report), and
  • payment of any applicable fees in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Development Applications can be lodged in person or posted to:

Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Level 1, 8 Australia Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park   NSW 2127

Development Application assessment time requirements

We will endeavour to process and determine Development Applications as diligently and efficiently as possible. However please note that the statutory time frames for development application 'deemed refusal' are set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, and include:

  • Designated and Integrated development: 62 days
  • Local development: 42 days
  • Complying development: 10 days


Our development application tracking and information system allows you to monitor and track your development application and find out about recent development proposals at Sydney Olympic Park.

You can also use this system to write submissions on any development that is on exhibition for public comment.

Building Certification Services

A Construction Certificate and Occupation Certificate are required for all development that requires building work. Construction and Occupation Certificates essentially confirm that the development meets relevant technical criteria such as requirements of the Building Code of Australia, fire safety provisions, accessible access, work health and safety and conditions of development consent.

A Construction or Occupation Certificate may be issued by an accredited private certifier, but it can only be issued following Development Consent. There are no requirements for a Construction Certificate or Occupation Certificate for development categorised as an Exempt Development. More information visit Building Certification Services.

Post-Development Application work-related approvals

Once planning approval has been obtained, work-related approvals may also be required. This includes work permits, road opening permits and construction hoarding permits. Permits and applications are found in the Resource Centre.

Political donations

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires the public disclosure of donations or gifts when lodging or commenting on development proposals. This law is designed to improve the transparency of the planning system. All donations or gifts must be declared at the time of lodgement or when making a submission (either an objection or in support). More information about Political Donation Guidelines.

For all planning and building enquiries, please call 02 9714 7139 or email us