Electronic Housing Code

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is an online system that allows users to investigate, prepare, lodge and track 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. Users will enjoy a process that’s fast, standardised, paperless and available night and day. 

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 and Environment and the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW.

To start using the Electronic Housing Code 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?

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 Manly Council. 

What you’ll need to have handy.

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.
  • 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. 

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.

Click to Use the Electronic Housing Code