Construction Industry Exemption Process

In rare and exceptional cases, consideration may be given to granting an exemption to public health orders.

This is the process for requesting an exemption for Construction to occur.

STEP 1: Review

Please check online to ensure and double check if your question/case can be covered-off without need for an exemption. The eight reasons are listed here below together with the links to both the website and the Public Health Order on Please use your judgement and common sense. For example – if there is a safety issue then please fix this.

From Monday 12:01am on 19 July 2021, work at construction sites in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, is not to be carried out unless the work is urgently required:

  1. To ensure the safety or security of the construction site
  2. To deal with environmental risks
  3. To maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
  4. To receive deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate
  5. To maintain public utilities
  6. To ensure the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure
  7. By or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  8. Because of an emergency


Step 2: Check

Please call Service NSW to check if you still have a question and if this is more of an interpretation of eight elements shown above. Please call 13 77 88 and select the Business option.

Step 3: Request

If your construction need/situation is clearly not covered and an exemption is still needed - please complete this NSW Government form

Step 4: Response

The request will be triaged and reviewed. The turnaround time may vary depending on volume. The outcome may be an exemption that is granted or denied. Feedback may be provided that an exemption is not needed (refer point 1 above) as it can be covered under the existing eight reasons.

Step 5: Share

Relevant agencies, including NSW Police, will also be notified by NSW Government if an exemption has been granted.