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’).
The Three Ports SEPP
Some changes relating to statements on contamination commenced on 7 March 2014. Whilst the Three Ports SEPP commenced on 31 May 2014.
The SEPP amendment was exhibited by the Department of Planning and Environment in November and December 2013. The final policy reflects the feedback from councils and other stakeholders which resulted in some minor changes, including additional prohibited uses and the addition of conveyor systems as complying development.
All complying development at the ports relating to bulk liquid storage tanks requires a hazard analysis, fire safety study, and hazard and operability study.
Hazard studies must be completed by a qualified person approved by the Secretary for the Department of Planning and Environment.
Certification has now expired for those specialists previously approved by the Secretary to conduct hazard studies.
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.
Page last updated: 30/05/2017