Certification in NSW in 2013-14

Local development performance monitoring provides statistics about development in NSW, such as the volume, value and type of development.

The latest Local Development Performance Monitoring report reveals the significant and increasing contribution of non-council certifiers to the NSW economy.

In 2013-14, non-council certifiers determined $4 billion worth of complying development certificates (CDCs), accounting for 24% of all development in NSW (up from 19% in 2012-13).

Non-council certifiers now issue the majority of construction certificates, CDCs and occupation certificates. This includes 82% of all CDCs in 2013-14, up from 75% in 2012-13.

The figures below show these trends, and the tables provide more detail.

In NSW during 2013-14:

  • non-council certifiers determined $4 billion worth of CDCs, accounting for 23.6% of all development in NSW (up from 19% in 2012-13 and 16% in 2011-12)
  • councils issued 18% (4,543) of CDCs and non-council certifiers issued 82% (20,222), compared with 25% and 75% respectively in 2012-13
  • councils issued 47% (23,850) of construction certificates and non-council certifiers issued 53% (26,607), compared with 50% in 2012-13
  • councils issued 44% (21,953) of occupation certificates and non-council certifiers issued 56% (27,562).

Reminder: certifiers must submit applications, determinations and certificates to the council within two days of determination. Some certifiers do not do this, or submit incomplete documentation, meaning that determination times for complying development certificates by non-council certifiers are unknown.

Certificates issued in NSW during 2013-14 (CCs and CDCs)

 

Certification statistics 2012-13 2013-14
Construction certificates issued

50% (23,693) by councils

50% (23,795) by non-council certifiers

47,488 in total

23,850 (47%) by councils

26,607 (53%) by non-council certifiers

50,457 in total

Occupation certificates issued

47% (22,226) by councils

53% (25,199) by non-council certifiers

47,425 in total

21,953 (44%) by councils

27,562 (56%) by non-council certifiers

49,515 in total

Strata certificates issued

63% by councils

37% by non-council certifiers

66% by councils

34% by non-council certifiers

 

Complying development 2012-13 2013-14
Applications determined

26% by councils

74% by non-council certifiers

19,192 in total

18% by councils

82% by non-council certifiers

24,814 in total

Number issued 19,147 24,770
% of all development approvals 25.6% 29%
$ value $3.03 billion $4.4 billion
Most common type Residential alterations and additions (37.1%) Residential alterations and additions (35.6%)
% of single dwellings as complying development 23% 31%
% of residential alterations and additions as complying development 26% 29%
% of commercial/ retail/ office as complying development 38% 32%
Average processing time by councils 17 days 18 days

 

More information

Each year, councils submit data for local development performance monitoring to the Department of Planning and Environment, for analysis and reporting.

Read about local development performance monitoring on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website, or download results for previous years from our practice advice page.