Why You Should Avoid a Dual Occupancy Under CDC

A dual occupancy under a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) probably sounds appealing. CDCs are supposed to provide a more efficient means of achieving approval, however it does not always result in the best outcome.

In this video, Colin Fragar, our founder and CEO, shares why you might want to avoid a dual occupancy CDC.

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So what you need to know about a dual occupancy CDC? My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.

When dual occupancies were first proposed to be a complying development certificate, there was a lot of excitement at the time in the industry. It was thought that all of a sudden the process for approval would be much easier for dual occupancy. However, particularly in the state of New South Wales, a dual occupancy CDC has very limited application.

When dual occupancies were first proposed to be a complying development certificate, there was a lot of excitement at the time in the industry. It was thought that all of a sudden the process for approval would be much easier for dual occupancy. However, particularly in the state of New South Wales, a dual occupancy CDC has very limited application.

Limitations of a Dual Occupancy CDC

For example, the reading of the statute says that both dwellings in a dual occupancy need to have a street frontage. Now there’s not many dual occupancies that we can do that for unless they are on corner lots. And, usually, there’s something that we can do better than a dual occupancy CDC for a corner lot.

Also, if you aren’t able to make it work, or even if you are able to pull it off, we usually find that working through a certifier for complying development is just as much work. It takes almost just as long and usually you don’t get as good of an outcome. We usually recommend to our clients that they go down the development application path.

What’s Your Next Step?

Now if you’re interested, have a look at Your Ultimate Guide to Achieving Council Approval magazine. It does have some more details about dual occupancies and also dual occupancy CDC. And I highly recommend, if you are serious about taking the next step with your dual occupancy to book in for a consultation with one of our team. Go to councilapproval.com.au, make an appointment and they’ll talk to you about what you’re trying to achieve.

What we usually recommend from that conversation is that we do a preliminary planning assessment. We’ll look at which is the best path for council approval, whether we go through a CDC route for you or we go for development application. Either way, we look forward to talking to you soon and I wish you every success.