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The CDC process was introduced to help save time and alleviate pressure on Local Council’s when it came to applications waiting for approval. If you have a site that complies with the code, you need the right team behind you with experience that can help navigate this process and help save you time and money in the process.

Here are 3 things you need to know:

As a CDC is essentially a DA and CC in one, the process of designing can essentially be cut in half. Depending on how many times you go back and forth with your designers will depend on how quick this process will be. It is not unrealistic to have these designs complete within 2-3 months.


The CDC guidelines are very black and white which alleviates the need for certain
consultants. Unlike a DA you will not need consultants such as Town Planners, Geotech reports, Arborist and Acoustic reports to name a few. This not only saves you over $10k in consultant fees but alleviates the wait times to receive these reports.


Once you have designs ready you will need to engage a private certifier to give you a checklist of requirements. Collating the documents required and getting approval from the certifier can take from 4-6 weeks to gain formal approval. This is a much faster turnaround time to start construction compared to a DA which can take up to 12 months from when you start designs and then the CC which can take another 3-4 months depending on the size of the job.

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” – Winston Churchill
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