Some minor building renovations or works don’t need any planning or building approval. This is called exempt development. Exempt development is very low impact development that can be done for certain residential, commercial and industrial properties. A few examples of development that can be exempt development are: decks, garden sheds, carports, fences, repairing a window or painting a house.. State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. Site footer. We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging. What's new..