Exempt & Complying Development


The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is an online system that allows users to investigate, prepare, lodge and track development applications. Users will enjoy a process that’s fast, standardised, paperless and available night and day. Maitland City Council is proud to offer its residents this great resource. The Council became involved in this initiative to provide a platform for complying development that is more intuitive and convenient, to meet the needs of our ever growing population.

Want to know more? Simply visit www.electronichousingcode.com.au

How does it work?

The Electronic Housing Code guides users through a step-by-step approvals process.

INVESTIGATE - find out whether a project is eligible for exempt or complying development and view the relevant standards.

PREPARE - be guided through a simple process that will help prepare the complying development application.

LODGE - once the application is complete it can be easily lodged online.

TRACK – one can then track the progress of the application online.

DOWNLOAD - once the result of the application is determined it can be viewed and downloaded from the website.

What does it cost?

As we speak there’s no fee to use this online system. This is due to the EHC being subsidised by a Commonwealth Grant to New South Wales. In the future however, there may be a fee associated with this resource as the Grant comes to an end.

It’s important to note that there’s still a fee associated with the assessment of your application. To find out more about this, talk to us here at Maitland City Council.

What you'll need to have handy

Before sitting at your desk to use the Electronic Housing Code, have the following readily available:

A list of required documentation. Simply click here to view a list of what you may need to provide.

An electronic copy of the associated site plan so you can successfully complete your application.
A signed owner's consent form if you're submitting an application on behalf of someone else. 
The bushfire prone status of your property can be found at Councils online mapping site. 

Need Some Assistance?
If you need a little help with using the system, there’s great online help available. Just click here to have your questions answered.

You may also find it helpful to view the User Guide. Simply click here to be taken to these guides.

For complying development under the Commercial and Industrial Code, Commercial and Industrial Alterations Code, Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions) code, Subdivisions Code, Demolition Code or Fire Safety Code please click here.