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Changes to planning rules made to improve road safety and reduce driver distraction.

Alpine Resorts

Alpine resort development assessments are governed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Kosciuszko National Park-Alpine Resorts) 2007 (the Alpine SEPP).

Buildings

Building regulation and certification are important parts of the planning system in New South Wales.

The planning system supports sustainable development and seeks to ensure that buildings are safe and that they meet the performance expectations of the community both at the time of their construction and throughout their effective lives.

Bushfires

The NSW Government is committed to helping protect homes from the threat of bushfires. Changes to laws allowing trees and vegetation that act as fuel for bushfires to be cleared around homes, tourist accommodation, schools, hospitals and child care centres located in bushfire prone areas, without the need to get approval were announced on 18 June 2014.

Coastal management

Planning for coastal communities must carefully balance the need to provide jobs, housing, community facilities and transport for a changing population whilst maintaining the coast's unique qualities and managing risks associated with developing along our coastlines.

Education

Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.

Environment and Heritage

As our population grows and our state develops, we have put plans in place to ensure that we protect the natural environment and heritage. In this section, you will find plans about protecting our river and drinking water catchments, as well as information on environmental zoning and sustainability outcomes.

Exempt and complying development policy

The State Policy for exempt and complying development is contained within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy).

Government Agreements and forums

On 26 February 2015, the Commonwealth and NSW Governments signed an assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (EPBC Act) relating to environmental assessment.

Hazards

A number of Hazardous Industry Planning Advisory Papers (HIPAPs) and other guidelines such as Applying SEPP 33 and Multi-level Risk Assessment have been issued by the department to assist stakeholders in implementing an integrated assessment process.

Housing

In this section, you will find plans and policies promoting the delivery of high quality apartments, housing for seniors, affordable rental housing and for caravan parks, camping grounds and manufactured homes.

Housing supply

In this section you will find information on homes for NSW, boosting housing supply, infrastructure, supporting first home buyers and housing supply updates.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure improves our quality of life, making our cities and regions better places to live. It also promotes economic growth by allowing the movement of people, resources and ideas.

Local character

The NSW Government aims to ensure planning to accommodate housing and job growth in new and existing communities recognises and enhances local character.

Mining and Resources

The NSW Government has introduced a range of measures designed to deliver greater protection to homes and agricultural land from the impacts of mining and coal seam gas (CSG) activity.

Open Space and Parklands

We’re developing coordinated, thoughtful and strategic plans for NSW’s growing population, with more green spaces for recreational use and improved liveability.

EP&A Act Updated

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 has been updated and is the culmination of the biggest overhaul of the Act since the legislation’s inception almost 40 years ago.

Retail planning

The retail sector is an important industry which provides services and jobs. Retail premises not only supports the needs of the community, but the vitality and competitiveness of NSW and Australia. In Australia, the retail sector generates more than $72 billion per year, with NSW contributing more than a third of this at $22.8 billion per year.

Renewable Energy

This new framework will provide greater clarity, consistency and transparency for industry and the community regarding both assessment and decision-making on wind energy projects.

State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPP) review

A review program for State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system is underway. The review is underpinned by the Government’s commitment to simplify the NSW planning system and reduce complexity without reducing the rigour necessary in considering matters of State and regional significance.

State Significant Precincts

State Significant Precincts are areas with state or regional planning significance because of their social, economic or environmental characteristics.

Building Systems Circulars

The Department issues Building System Circulars regarding matters and issues that relate to building codes and regulations.

Planning System Circulars

The Department issues Planning System Circulars regarding matters and issues that relate to planning and policy.