Temporary structures

Temporary structures

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Approval requirements

A temporary structure includes tents, marquees, stalls, hoardings, scaffolding and ground anchoring/shoring systems and any other structure that is not permanent.

Exempt and complying development

Some temporary structures such as small tents, marquees, booths, fete stalls and stages/platforms proposed to be placed on private land can, when meeting certain criteria, be installed and used without the need to obtain an approval from the City.  These types of temporary structures are called ‘exempt development’.  

Larger temporary structures on private land require approval (a complying development certificate) from either the City or a private accredited certifier.  Further details can be found under  the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 which is available from the NSW legislation website.

Development consent required

Where temporary structures are not exempt or cannot be approved through a complying development certificate, development consent will be required through lodging a development application.

Where temporary structures are proposed to be installed on City owned/controlled land (parks, squares, reserves etc) approval must be obtained.

Hoardings and scaffolding

For hoardings and scaffolding associated with a development or work-site, approval is required.

Approval is also required for shoring and ground anchoring where it supports the City’s roads and footpaths.

Draft guidelines

The guidelines for hoardings and scaffolding has been amended and is in draft format. It was exhibited for public feedback from 18 July until 2 September 2016. When designing hoarding and scaffolding proposals in the meantime, the draft guidelines should be used.

Last updated: Thursday, 8 September 2016