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Infrastructure State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) 2007

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 hospitals, roads, railways, emergency services, water supply and electricity delivery. 


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


On 15 December 2017, the NSW Government finalised amendments to the Infrastructure SEPP. The amendments make it easier and faster to deliver and maintain infrastructure, including new provisions for health service facilities, public administration buildings, state sports and recreation centres, and lead-in sewer and water infrastructure. They also seek to optimise the use of commuter hubs and enable councils to better manage and maintain their lands, including their operational lands.

This SEPP amendment was exhibited by the Department of Planning and Environment from 3 February to 7 April 2017. The final amendments reflect feedback received from councils, agencies and other stakeholders. 

View the Infrastructure SEPP amendment on the NSW legislation website.

The department is continuing to work to modernise, simplify and improve the planning system to ensure that essential infrastructure and services that the community needs can be delivered in a streamlined way. Further work on the Infrastructure SEPP is planned for 2018. This will address changes to some divisions which were exhibited but not included in this package.

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



Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are three of the state's largest ports. The ports are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW economy.


On 7 March 2014, the NSW Government finalised an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013, to apply the same planning controls to the Port of Newcastle that already apply at Port Botany and Port Kembla.
As a consequence of the amendment, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013 was renamed to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2014 (‘Three Ports SEPP’).

Hazard studies

In order for a complying development certificate to be issued by council for development relating to bulk liquid storage tanks, the proponent may be required to obtain a hazard analysis, fire safety study (FSS) and/or a Hazard and Operability study  (HAZOP) prepared by a suitably qualified person on their behalf. Hazard audits are also required for the development of bulk liquid storage tanks 12 months after the commencement of use of the tanks and every three years thereafter. These hazard studies must be completed by a qualified person approved by the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment.

If you are an expert in preparing hazard studies and wish to be approved by the Secretary to prepare these studies under the Three Ports SEPP, you can apply to the Department of Planning and Environment.


Those approved will be added to the list of experts who may be used to complete hazard analysis, hazard audits, FSS and/or HAZOPs on behalf of proponents.


To apply to be on the list, you will need a degree in science or engineering (or equivalent) and at least five years recent and relevant experience performing and critically reviewing the relevant studies.


To apply, you must complete the nomination form, click on the button below to download the form.


Applicants are required to submit the nomination form and a Curriculum Vitae to:


Download the nomination form

Ministerial Directions

The Minister for Planning, under section 94E of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, may issue general or particular directions to local councils in relation to the development contributions they can impose.


To access the Section 94E directions for Port Botany and Port Kembla, click here.

To access the Section 94E direction for Port of Newcastle, click here.

Planning for Major Infrastructure Corridors

Planning for major infrastructure corridors is an important process to enable the delivery of large infrastructure projects needed in the future. Major infrastructure corridor planning can involve a number of phases over many years. 


A new Planning Guideline for Major Infrastructure Corridors has been drafted to assist infrastructure agencies with the infrastructure corridor planning process. This includes:

  • preparing the right information and detail for projects.
  • an outline of when certain project information is needed.
  • guidance on planning tools and the Department of Planning and Environment’s approach to using these tools.

The Guideline specifies the planning tools infrastructure agencies can use at each stage of the corridor planning process. It is not a set of rules, however provides a suggested pathway to planning for and protecting infrastructure corridors. 

View the Planning Guideline for Major Infrastructure Corridors.

Page last updated: 15/12/2017