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Use the EHC

Use the Electronic Housing Code to:

  • Investigate your development options for an individual site
  • Generate an exempt development report
  • Prepare your complying development application electronically
  • Lodge your application electronically
  • Monitor the progress of your application

What is the Electronic Housing Code?

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is an online system for the electronic lodgement of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code for lots 200m2 and above. This system will also allow the user to determine if they are able to proceed with their development without further approvals, as an exempt development.

The EHC was developed as a result of $5.92 million of Commonwealth funding through the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF), and is a partnership between the Department of Planning & Infrastructure and the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW.

Tweed Shire Councilis one of the eleven local government areas involved in this pilot project. Tweed Council's participation in the EHC Pilot Program is one of the key initiatives it is undertaking in its goal to become a leader in e planning. In recent years Council has made significant advancements in providing web based, e planning services, such as the DA Tracker, Property Enquiry and extensive on-line mapping functions. The EHC Program has provided Council with substantial funding and the up-skilling of its staff and the local consulting industry, as a necessary transition and learning experience for our ultimate goal of providing end-to-end electronic building and development assessment processes.

For more information on this project, please view the dedicated project website at

What You Need to Know Before Using the System

Prior to using the Electronic Housing Code you may find it helpful to have the following information ready:

As each development is different it is difficult to provide an exhaustive listing of required documentation for each scenario. However we have compiled a list of some of the possible documentation you may need to provide, [ click here ] to view. Note, the majority of the Councils using this system will provide you with a checklist of documents that they require either prior to, or once you have submitted your application for consideration. Please download the Tweed Shire Council EHC Checklist (217kB PDF).
You will require an electronic copy of the associated site plan in order to complete your application.
If you are doing this application on behalf of others, you will need a signed owners consent form.
Specific Tweed Council Complying Development Certificate (CDC) Lodgement Requirements...(click to expand/collapse)

Please note that you are only able to select a Council or Private Certifier involved in the pilot project.
To find out who these are, please [ click here ].

Would You Like to Provide Feedback on the System? Or Do You Need Help Using It?

For those that are unsure how to use the system or complete an action, an online help system has been established. To access this site, please [ click here ]. You are also able to use this system to leave your thoughts and feedback on the Electronic Housing Code.

Last Updated: 09 September 2013