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The State Significant Precinct Process

1. Nomination

  • Planning Minister approves a site as a nominated State Significant Precinct
  • An applicant makes a submission to the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to request that a site be nominated as a State Significant Precinct (SSP).
  • DPE reviews the submission against the State Significant Precinct Criteria and seeks the Minister for Planning’s formal nomination as a SSP.
  • DPE establishes a Project Review Panel with the local council, NSW Government Architect’s Office, and Transport for NSW (and other organisations where required) to provide advice at key stages of the investigation. A working group is also formed with the applicant, council and DPE.
  • The Minister for Planning declares the area a Nominated SSP.

2. Study scoping

  • Department of Planning and Environment liaises with relevant agencies to determine the scope of the State Significant Precinct Study
  • Study Requirements are developed with other government agencies and the local council for the State Significant Precinct Study.
  • These requirements outline the range of studies needed to analyse the potential impact of any planning control changes, such as traffic and transport, urban design, building heights, open space, economic feasibility and other potential impacts.
  • The Study Requirements also include consultation requirements which the applicant must carry out in preparing the SSP Study.
  • The Study Requirements are endorsed by the Project Review Panel and issued to the Applicant.

3. State significant precinct study prepared

  • State Significant Precinct consultation outcomes, proposed master plan and draft planning controls to DPE in the form of an SSP Study.

4. Exhibition and formal consultation

  • State Significant Precinct Study is exhibited and the community and stakeholders are encouraged to have their say.
  • DPE and the local council review the SSP Study against the Study Requirements and the Project Review Panel confirms whether it adequately addresses all study requirements.
  • The Study is placed on public exhibition for at least 30 days and submissions invited from the community, the local council and government agencies.
  • The applicant is responsible for providing information about the proposed new controls during the exhibition period, however submissions are made directly to DPE.

5. Assessment and recommendation

  • Submissions are considered and a recommendation made to the Planning Minister.
  • Department of Planning and Environment and council review the submissions and prepare a Summary of Responses, which includes a list of the key issues raised and outlines if further studies are required.
  • The Project Review Panel considers the Summary of Responses and confirms if further studies / investigations are needed. Department of Planning and Environment issues the Summary of Responses to the applicant.
  • The applicant prepares a Response to Submissions, which responds to the key issues raised in submissions and proposes any amendments to address these issues. The Response to Submissions is reviewed by DPE and the local council.
  • The Project Review Panel considers the Response to Submissions and confirms if further exhibition is required.
  • Department of Planning and Environment undertakes additional public exhibition/s on any substantial amendments.
  • Department of Planning and Environment prepares an Assessment Report in consultation with council, which includes draft planning controls, maps, a contributions framework, and makes a recommendation about the rezoning proposal to the Minister for Planning.
  • The Project Review Panel considers the Assessment Report to determine consistency with previous recommendations and to provide any final advice.

6. Minister's determination

  • Planning Minister makes a determination. If approved, all future Development Applications are assessed against new planning controls
  • The Minister for Planning considers the Assessment Report, and any report from the Project Review Panel, and makes a determination about the proposed rezoning.
  • If approved, the new zones and controls are included in the relevant Local Environmental Plan or in State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005.
  • Future development applications for the State Significant Precinct are assessed by the relevant planning authority using the new planning controls.
  • Some projects, may at the discretion of the Minister, exclude steps in this process.


See what State Significant Precincts are currently being assessed.


View SSP Guideline

Page last updated: 12/03/2018