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Updated Design Compliance Declaration forms and accompanying guidance material are now available on the NSW Fair Trading website.

NSW Fair Trading have redesigned these documents to make it easier to meet legislative requirements and better support design and building practitioners.

Since 1st July 2021, under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020, all regulated designs and compliance declarations for Class 2 building work must be completed by a registered design practitioner or principal design practitioner.

What are the changes to the new forms?

The updated forms include additional information fields and details of the regulated design(s), including:

  • the building address(es)
  • the design practitioner’s Class of Registration applicable to the declaration
  • a unique identifier number specific to the design practitioner, including Design Compliance Declaration (DCD) number and Certificate of Design Compliance (CoDC)
  • questions about the type of regulated design
  • clarification of the ‘revision’ number on the plans, drawings, specification, schedules and/or reports.

Older versions of the declaration forms will not be accepted after 5th March 2023

Design practitioners should download and start using the updated forms as soon as possible. Previous versions of the forms can be lodged on the NSW Planning Portal until 5th March 2023.

The previous Design Compliance Declaration – “multiple regulated designs form” has been removed from the NSW Fair Trading website because it didn’t allow clarification of what was being declared.

Practitioners must now prepare and complete a separate design compliance declaration form for each regulated design.

If a multiple regulated design declaration form was completed before the updated forms were made available, these can be lodged on the NSW Planning Portal. A transitional arrangement means these forms can be accepted until 5th March 2023.

From 6th March 2023, design practitioners will be required to use the updated forms to prepare a Design Compliance Declaration.

For more information visit the NSW Fair Trading website to access: