A report released by NSW Planning and Infrastructure this week shows that increasing numbers of home builders are using the fast track assessment process known as "complying development" to get faster and cheaper approvals for new homes and renovations.

The 2012-13 Local Development Performance Monitoring Report shows that complying development made up 25% of all housing approvals, up 12% on the previous 12 months. It took NSW councils an average of 17 days to determine complying development applications (DAs), compared to 68 days for regular development applications - saving time and money for all parties.

Complying development refers to building works that comply with specific building standards and can be routinely approved and certified by Council or a Private Certifier within 14 days of lodgement.

In NSW last year, complying DAs were worth $3 billion. They also contributed to a three-day decrease in the average time taken by councils to determine regular DAs by reducing and streamlining council workloads.

Stand-alone houses made up 79% of residential DAs last year, with the highest percentage of complying development applications coming from the local government areas of Coolamon, Ryde, Junee and Brewarrina.

With a range of in-house design services, including our high quality range of professionally-designed homes, Barnson is well position to support builders and developing in designing new homes that meet the Complying Development requirements to be assessed by Councils or private certifiers throughout Central NSW.