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State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
Current version for 13 September 2019 to date (accessed 23 September 2019 at 09:19)
Division 5 Development standards for associated works including earthworks, retaining walls, drainage, protection of walls, protection of trees and conditions under complying development certificates
3C.33 Earthworks, retaining walls and structural support
(1) Excavation Excavation for the purposes of development under this code must not exceed a maximum depth, measured from ground level (existing), of—(a) if located not more than 1m from any boundary—1m, and(b) if located more than 1m but not more than 1.5m from any boundary—2m, and(c) if located more than 1.5m from any boundary—3m.(2) Despite subclause (1), the excavation must not exceed a maximum depth, measured from ground level (existing), of 1m if the land is identified as Class 3 or 4 on an Acid Sulfate Soils Map or is within 40m of a waterbody (natural).(3) Fill Fill must not exceed a maximum height, measured from ground level (existing), of—(a) if the fill is for the purposes of the erection or alteration of, or an addition to, a dwelling house under this code—1m, or(b) if the fill is for any other purpose under this code—600mm.(4) Despite subclause (3), the height of fill contained wholly within the footprint of a dwelling house or any attached development or detached development is not limited.(5) Fill that is higher than 150mm above ground level (existing) and is not contained wholly within the footprint of a dwelling house or any attached development or detached development is limited to 50% of the landscaped area of the lot.(6) The ground level (finished) of the fill must not be used to measure the height of any dwelling house or any attached development or detached development under this code.(7) Retaining walls and structural supports Support for earthworks more than 600mm above or below ground level (existing) must take the form of a retaining wall or other structural support that—(a) a professional engineer has certified as structurally sound, including in relation to (but not limited to) the ability to withstand the forces of lateral soil load, and(b) has been designed so as not to redirect the flow of any surface water or ground water, or cause sediment to be transported, onto an adjoining property, and(c) has adequate drainage lines connected to the stormwater drainage system for the site, and(d) does not have a total height measured vertically from the base of the retaining wall or structural support to its uppermost portion that is more than the height of the associated excavation or fill, and(e) is separated from any other retaining wall or structural support on the site by at least 2m, measured horizontally, and(f) has been installed in accordance with any manufacturer’s specifications, and(g) if it is an embankment or batter—has a toe or top that is more than 1m from any side or rear boundary.Note 1.Excavation, fill and ground level (existing) have the same meanings as they have in the Standard Instrument.Note 2.Fill and excavation that is not associated with a building may be exempt development under clauses 3C.32 and 3C.33.
All stormwater collecting as a result of the carrying out of development under this code must be directed by a gravity fed or charged system to—(a) a public drainage system, or(b) an inter-allotment drainage system, or(c) an on-site disposal system.Note 1.Drainage has the same meaning as it has in the Standard Instrument.Note 2.All stormwater drainage systems and connections to public drainage systems or inter-allotment drainage systems must either be approved under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 or comply with the requirements for the disposal of stormwater contained in the development control plan that is applicable to the land.
3C.35 Protecting adjoining walls
Any wall constructed within 900mm of a lot boundary must be built in accordance with the support method proposed by the professional engineer’s report provided with the application for the complying development certificate.Note 1.Professional engineer is defined in clause 1.5.Note 2.Complying development certificate has the same meaning as it has in the Act.
3C.36 Setbacks of dwelling houses, attached development and detached development from protected trees
(1) Pruning and removal of trees A complying development certificate for complying development under Division 1 is taken to satisfy any requirement under this Policy for a permit or development consent to remove or prune a tree or other vegetation on the lot if—(a) the tree is not listed on a register of significant trees kept by the council, and(b) the tree or vegetation will be within 3m of any building that has an area of more than 25m2, and(c) the tree or vegetation has a height that is less than—(i) for development that is the erection of a dwelling house—8m and is not required to be retained as a condition of consent, or(ii) in any other case—6m.(2) Setbacks from protected trees Development under this code must be at least 3m from each protected tree on the lot (measured from the base of the trunk of the tree).(3) Despite subclause (2), the following development can be located within 3m of a protected tree if works do not involve excavation or fill of more than 150mm below or above ground level (existing)—(a) an access ramp,(b) a driveway, pathway or paving,(c) an awning, blind or canopy,(d) a fence, screen, or child-resistant barrier associated with a swimming pool or spa pool.Note 1.Development consent, dwelling house and protected tree are defined in clause 1.5.Note 2.Council, excavation, fill, ground level (existing), spa pool and swimming pool have the same meanings as they have in the Standard Instrument.Note 3.Complying development certificate has the same meaning as it has in the Act.Note 4.A separate permit or development consent may be required if the branches or roots of a protected tree on the lot or on an adjoining lot are required to be pruned or removed.