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Infrastructure State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP)

State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 assists the NSW Government, local councils and the communities they support by simplifying the process for providing infrastructure like schools, hospitals, roads, railways, emergency services, water supply and electricity delivery. 


The policy includes specific planning provisions and development controls for 25 types of infrastructure works or facilities. 


The policy plays a key part delivering the NSW Government’s infrastructure works.


The State Environmental Planning Policy Infrastructure 2007 (Infrastructure SEPP) is under review.  For full details of the review process and to view the draft document, please visit the Infrastructure SEPP review.

Community guide  (January 2008)

Planning circular - Key provisions  (31 January 2008)

Planning circular  - SEPP (Infrastructure) Amendment (Schools, Affordable Housing and Metro Rail) 2009 (2 March 2009)

LEP practice note - Zoning for infrastructure in LEPs  (7 March 2008)

Planning circular - School provisions under SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007  (18 March 2009)

Planning circular - Amended school provisions under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (14 July 2009)

Development near rail corridors and busy roads: interim guideline [4.5 MB  ] (gazetted 19 December 2008) - this guideline assists in the planning, design and assessment of development in, or adjacent to, rail corridors and busy roads. It supports specific rail and road provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007


The State Environmental Planning Policy Infrastructure 2007 (SEPP Infrastructure) sets out the State wide planning provisions and development controls for telecommunication facilities in NSW. 

The Infrastructure SEPP allows telecommunications infrastructure providers to be either exempt from planning approval, or be able to receive a ten-day complying development approval, for a number of telecommunications facilities subject to strict criteria including health and amenity considerations.
New telecommunications towers in residential zones will continue to require development application approval from the local council.

The Telecommunications Guideline provides further detail about the types of infrastructure that can be classified as exempt or complying development and the requirements and development standards that must be met for each facility type.

For more information on the National Broadband Network in New South Wales visit

Page last updated: 02/06/2017