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Planning System Circulars

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

 

We provide this information for our stakeholders including local councils, certifiers and building industry practitioners.

 

Link Description
Date issued
PS 16-006
This circular is to advise of a new Section 94E Direction relating Section 94A fixed development consent levies and the repeal of the section 94E Direction relating to projects funded through the Building the Education Revolution program. 14 October 2016
PS 16-005
Replaces Planning Circular PS 12-006 and provides updates and advice in relation to delegations for the making of local environmental plans (LEPs). 30 August 2016
PS 16-004 Replaces Planning Circular PS 12-006 and provides updates and advice in relation to changes on allowing for independent reviews of some council and Departmental decisions in the plan making process  30 August 2016
PS 16-003
Notations on section 149 planning certificates for land affected by the draft Coastal Management SEPP 20 July 2016
PS 16-002
Simplifying and improving the planning system - SEPP review stage 20 June 2016
PS 16-001
Loose-fill asbestos insulation notations on section 149 planning certificates 17 June 2016
PS 15-005
Commencement of the NSW Planning Portal (Standard Technical Requirements for Spatial Datasets and Maps) 6 November 2015
PS 15-004
Commencement of provisions: offences, penalties and enforcement 31 July 2015
PS 15-002
Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development – SEPP 65 19 June 2015
PS 15-001
Establishment of the NSW Planning Portal
19 June 2015
PS 14-003
Coastal Hazard Notations on Section 149 Planning Certificates
13 November 2014
PS 14-002
State Environmental Planning Policy
(Three Ports) 2013
10 October 2014
PS 13-006
EP&A Amendment (Bushfire Prone Land) Regulation 2014
30 May 2014
PS 13-005
Exempt and Complying Development
23 December 2013
PS 13-004
Exempt and Complying Development
23 December 2013
PS 13-003
Proclamation of certain provisions of the
EP&A Amendment Act 2012
18 March 2013
PS 13-002
Calculating the genuine estimated cost of development
14 March 2013
PS 13-001
How to characterise development
21 February 2013
PS 12-006
Delegations and independent reviews of
plan-making decisions
29 October 2012
PS 12-005
Urban Activation Precincts
13 June 2012
PS 12-004
Development assessment on bush fire prone
land – section 79BA
6 June 2012
PS 12-003
Initiatives to improve housing supply
6 June 2012
PS 12-002
Amendment to Infrastructure SEPP for educational establishments 17 February 2012
PS 12-001
Further amendments to transitional
arrangements – Part 3A repeal
10 January 2012
PS 11-023
Codes SEPP 2008 - Extension of the
transition period
25 November 2011

PS 11-022

Determination of state significant applications
30 September 2011
PS 11-021
Part 3A repeal – transitional arrangements
30 September 2011
PS 11-020
Return of certain regional development to councils for determination
30 September 2011
PS 11-019
Assessment of state significant development
and infrastructure
30 September 2011
PS 11-018
Monitoring and reporting variations to
development standards
18 August 2011
PS 11-017
Delegation to the Planning Assessment Commission
27 July 2011
PS 11-016
Repeal of SEPP 53 - Metropolitan Residential Development 3 June 2011
PS 11-015
State Environmental Planning Policy
(Affordable Rental Housing) Amendment 2011 .
20 May 2011
PS 11-014
Part 3A of the EP&A Act and residential, commercial, retail and coastal subdivision development
13 May 2011
PS 11-013
Changes to Sydney Harbour Catchment Regional Environmental Plan
30 March 2011
PS 11-012
Section 94E Direction – Development contributions 15 March 2011
PS 11-011
Amendment to the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006  
10 March 2011
PS 11-010
Codes SEPP 2008 – Amendment Miscellaneous 2011
10 March 2011
PS 11-009
Commencement of the Planning
Appeals Legislation Amendment
Act 2010
25 February 2011
PS 11-008
Planning and Assessment Guidelines
for Hazardous Industry
23 February 2011
PS 11-007
Voluntary Planning Agreements and Development Control Plans 18 February 2011
PS 11-006
Section 117 Direction – Shooting Ranges 16 February 2011
PS 11-005
Implementation of the Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036 – Ministerial Direction 11 Feburary 2011

PS 11-004

Determination

Direction

Special Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas - Final

Special Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas - Determination 2011

Special Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas –
Direction 2011
7 February 2011
PS 11-003
New appeals scheme for small scale residential development in the Land and Environment Court 31 January 2011
PS 11-002
State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 24 January 2011
PS 11-001
Amendments to s149 planning certificates related to coastal matters 24 January 2011
PS 10-32
Legislative changes relating to coastal planning matters 24 December 2010
PS 10-31
Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 22 December 2010
PS 10-30
Amendments to the Mining SEPP – Exempt and Complying Development 20 December 2010
PS 10-29
Changes to infrastructure SEPP 20 December 2010
PS 10-28
Environmental Planning & Assessment Amendment Act 2008 – Commencement Proclamation - bush fire prone land 9 December 2010
PS 10-27
Codes SEPP 2008 – Additional Codes 9 December 2010
PS 10-026
Telecommunication facilities 14 December 2010
PS 10-025
Guidelines for the assessment of Local Contributions Plans by IPART 24 November 2010
PS 10-022
Reforms to Local Development Contributions
and Direction
16 September 2010
PS 10-020
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Regulation 2010 6 September 2010
PS 10- 021
Commencement of council accredited certifiers and amendments to Building Professionals Regulation provisions . 26 August 2010
PS 10-019
Illegal Camping 27 July 2010
PS 10-018
Telecommunications facilities 16 July 2010
PS 10-017
Changes to section 149 planning certificates
for the Growth Centres
13 July 2010
PS 10-016
Changes to Infrastructure SEPP – Determination of Landfill Applications 12 July 2010
PS 10-015
Codes SEPP 2008 – City of Sydney Special Events amendment (FIFA World Cup) 11 June 2010
PS 10-014
Local Development Contributions 4 June 2010
PS 10-013
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Development Consents) Act 2010 1 June 2010
PS 10-012
Amendments to Mining SEPP and Infrastructure SEPP 31 May 2010
PS 10-009
Joint Regional Planning Panels - Review and Changes 19 May 2010
PS 10-008
New definition of capital investment value 10 May 2010
PS 10-010
Planning Certificates – Biobanking Agreements and Complying Development Exclusions 4 May 2010
PS 10-007
Codes SEPP 2008 – miscellaneous amendment 28 April 2010
PS 10-006
Changes to landowner consent and notification requirements – Aboriginal Land Councils 31 March 2010
PS 10-005
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 31 March 2010
PS 10-004
Codes SEPP 2008 – extension of transitional period 26 February 2010
PS 10-003
Commencement of provisions – accreditation
of council employees
26 February 2010
PS 10-002
Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 – draft LEPs notified to the Director-General before 1 July 2009 18 February 2010
PS 09-031 - Exempt and complying
development codes - asbestos
amendment
To advise of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Asbestos) Regulation 2009 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Asbestos) 2009 (the Asbestos Amendments), which commence on 18 January 2010. The amendments impose new standards and requirements for anyone that removes or demolishes asbestos material in relation to complying or exempt development. 23 December 2009
PS 09-030 - Amendment to
SEPP 62 - Sustainable
Aquaculture
To advise of an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 62 - Sustainable Aquaculture to help implement the new NSW land based sustainable aquaculture strategy (NSW Government 2009).
23 December 2009
PS 09-029 - Assessment of native
vegetation under the Seniors Housing
SEPP; andapplication guidelines

To advise of an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 in relation to clearing of native vegetation under the Native Vegetation Act 2003.
8 December 2009
PS 09-028 - Planning for entertainment
To advise of changes that have been introduced to the regulation of public entertainment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. 26 October 2009
PS 09-027 - Implementation of the
Metropolitan Strategy - ministerial
direction
To advise of a new Ministerial Direction under section 117(2) of theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which gives statutory effect to the NSW Government's Metropolitan Strategy. The Direction applies to Sydney metropolitan local government areas, and takes effect from 1 October.
22 September 2009
PS 09-026 - Amendment to Mining
SEPP regarding underground mining
To advise of an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007.
15 September 2009
PS 09-025 - Building Education Revolution Program - section 94E Direction
To advise of a Direction issued under section
94E of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 preventing the
imposition of development contributions on Building Education Revolution projects.
15 September 2009
PS 09-024 - Additonal provisions
for public transport facilities
under the Infrastructure SEPP
Provides information about the recent commencement of an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 associated with public transport facilities.
8 September 2009
PS 09-023 - Joint regional planning
panels for Western Region and
Wagga Wagga
To advise of the commencement of joint
regional planning panels for the Western
Region of NSW and the Wagga Wagga local government area on 1 September 2009.
26 August 2009
PS 09-022 - Exempt and complying
development codes -
related regulation changes

To advise of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (General Commercial and Industrial Code) Regulation 2009, which takes effect on 7 September 2009. The changes support the implementation of the new General Commercial and Industrial Code. In addition they alter the requirements for post-determination notification and planning certificates.
5 August 2009
PS 09-021 - Changes to the
exempt and complying
development codes
To advise of the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Commercial and Industrial) 2009, which commence on 7 September 2009. This includes advice about the new Housing and Internal Alterations Code and the new General Commercial and Industrial Code as well changes to the existing exempt and complying development codes.
5 August 2009
PS 09-020 - Complying development -
certifiers to follow Minister's
directions on development
contributions
To advise accredited certifiers, councils and
the community of a minor changes to the way conditions requiring a development contribution are imposed on complying development certificates issued by certifiers.
21 July 2009
PS 09-019 - Changes to section
149(2) planning certificates by
the Contaminated Land Management
|Amendment Act 2008
To advise councils of changes to the requirements for section 149(2) planning certificates in respect of contaminated land.
15 July 2009
PS 09-018 - Amended school
provisions under State
Environmental Planning Policy
(Infrastructure) 2007
To provide information about an amendment
to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 associated with schools
14 July 2009
PS 09-017 - Changes to Crown
development provisions under
the EP&A Act
To outline provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment
Act 2008 relating to Crown development that commence on 1 July 2009.
2 July 2009
PS 09-016 - Establishment of |
joint regional planning panels
To advise of the commencement of joint regional planning panels on 1 July 2009.
2 July 2009
PS 09-015 - Commencement of
certain provisions of the EP&A
Amendment Act 2008 and
EP&A Amendment (Plan Making)
Regulation 2009
To advise of the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Plan Making) Regulation 2009 that commence on 1 July 2009
1 July 2009
PS 09-014 SEPP
(Repeal of REP Provisions)
2009
To advise of the repeal of certain REPs through State Environmental Planning Policy (Repeal of REP Provisions) 2009, which takes effect on 26 June 2009 26 June 2009
PS 09-013 Complying development
To advise of changes to post-determination notification requirements for complying development. 3 June 2009
PS 09-012 Complying development - Conveyancing Regulation; notifications
To provide further guidance on changes to the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2005, and post-determination notification requirements for complying development.
17 April 2009
PS 09-011 Certification of draft
Standard Instrument LEPs for
exhibition
To update and clarify a number of issues relating to the consideration of draft Standard Instrument local environmental plans prior to public exhibition. Note: Replaces circular PS 07-019 issued 30 November 2007.
9 April 2009
PS 09–010 Exempt development -
temporary structures for film making
and filming activities on any land
To advise of the amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 4 - Development without Consent and Miscellaneous Exempt and Complying Development regarding exempt development and filming activities.
3 April 2009
PS 09-009 School provisions under
SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007
To provide further information to Planning Circular PS 09-007 about the recent gazettal of amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 associated with schools.
18 March 2009
PS 09-008 Updated mapping
requirements for local environmental
plans
To advise of the latest revisions to Standard technical requirements for LEP maps and Standard requirements for LEP GIS data
10 March 2009
PS 09–007 SEPP (Infrastructure)
Amendment (Schools, Affordable
Housing and Metro Rail) 2009
To advise of recent amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. The amendments cover provisions applying to schools, affordable rental housing and the proposed metro rail network.
2 March 2009
PS 09-006 SEPP (Exempt and
Complying Development Codes)
2008 - Amendment No. 1
To advise of changes needed to State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 since its gazettal that have been addressed in Amendment No. 1 to the policy.
27 February 2009
PS 09-005Commencement of
certain provisions of the
EP&A Amendment Act 2008 and
EP&A Amendment
(Complying Development)
Regulation 2009
To advise of the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Complying Development) Regulation 2009 that will commence on 27 February 2009.
20 February 2009
PS 09-004 SEPP (Exempt and
Complying Development Codes)
2008
To advise of the commencement of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 on 27 February 2009.
20 February 2009
PS 09-003 - Commencement of
provisions - enforcement matters
To advise of the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008, Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Inspections and Penalty Notices) Regulation 2009, Building Professionals Amendment Act 2008 and the Building Professionals Amendment (Inspections and Penalty Notices) Regulation 2009 relating to enforcement, which commence on 2 March 2009.
16 February 2009
PS 09-002 - Commencement of
provisions - new inspection
requirements
To advise of the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008, Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Inspections and Penalty Notices) Regulation 2009, Building Professionals Amendment Act 2008, Building Professionals Amendment (Inspections and Penalty Notices) Regulation 2009 and the Strata Schemes legislation relating to new inspection requirements, which commence on 2 March 2009.
16 February 2009
PS 09-001 - Review of local
contributions - section 94E
Direction
 To advise councils of a Direction issued under section 94E of theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 imposing a maximum amount for section 94 development contributions for residential development.
23 January 2009
PS 08-017 - Review of infrastructure contributions
Questions and answers   To provide advice on the implementation of the recent reforms to infrastructure levies. This circular supersedes Planning Circular PS 07-018. 23 December 2008
PS 08-016 Development near rail
corridors and busy roads -
interim guideline
To advise of the gazettal of the interim guideline Development near rail corridors and busy roads - for the purposes of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.
22 December 2008
PS 08-015 SEPP (Repeal of
Concurrences and Referral Provisions)
2008
To advise of the commencement of SEPP (Repeal of Concurrences and Referral Provisions) 2008 on 15 December 2008.
12 December 2008
PS 08-014 Reporting variations to
development standards
To remind councils of their responsibilities to complete quarterly returns on variations to development standards and to provide a deadline for such returns before the processing of removing assumed concurrence from the Director-General begins.
14 November 2008
PS 08-013 Consideration of draft
EPIs under section 79C of the
EP&A Act
To advise consent authorities that certain draft State environmental planning policies, draft regional environmental plan and draft local environmental plans are no longer required to be taken into consideration when determining development applications.
13 November 2008
PS 08-012 Entertainment in pubs,
bars, cafes and restaurants
Superseded. Replaced by Planning Circular PS 09-028 issued 26 October 2009.
18 December 2008
PS 08-011 Commencement of
provisions on 3 November 2008 -
accredited bodies corporate
To advise of the provisions of the Building Professionals Amendment Act2008 and the Building Professionals Amendment (Accredited Bodies Corporate) Regulation 2008 that commenced on 3 November 2008 relating to accredited bodies corporate.
3 November 2008
PS 08-010 Commencement of
provisions on 3 November 2008 -
certain certification matters
To advise of provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008, Environmental Planning and Assessment Further Amendment Regulation 2008 and Building Professionals Amendment Act 2008 that commenced on 3 November 2008 relating to certain certification matters.
3 November 2008
PS 08-009 Disclosure of political
donations and gifts - further
information
Provides further information to clarify and supplement Planning Circular PS 08-007 in relation to the Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act 2008. 3 September 2008;
amended
16 September 2008
PS 08-008 Commencement of
further provisions of EP&A
Amendment Act 2008
To advise of the commencement of further provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008 on 1 September 2008.
22 August 2008
PS 08-007 Disclosure of political
donations and gifts
To provides an overview of the new reporting requirements under the planning and local government legislation in relation to political donations and gifts. 21 August 2008;
amended
16 September 2008
PS 08-006 Commencement of
certain provisions of EP&A and
BP Amendment Acts 2008
To advise of the commencement of certain provisions of theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2008 andBuilding Professionals Amendment Act 2008 on 1 August 2008.
24 July 2008
PS 08-004 Amendment No. 2 to
SEPP 65 - Design Quality of
Residential Flat Development
To advise councils of State Environmental Planning Policy No. 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (Amendment No. 2).
14 July 2008
PS 08-003 Variations to
development standards
The purpose of this circular is to remind councils to complete quarterly returns on variations to development standards using SEPP 1 or similar provision. Also to notify councils of arrangements where the Director-General's concurrence may be assumed. 9 May 2008
PS 08-002State Environmental
Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008
The purpose of this circular is to explain to local councils to which State Environmental Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008 applies the key planning provisions of the policy and the supporting section 117 direction The policy applies to the regional NSW local government areas listed in Attachment A to the circular.
9 May 2008
PS 08-001 State Environmental
Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007
This circular is to advise councils, State agencies and the public of the key planning provisions under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.
31 January 2008
PS 07-020 - Standard instrument for
principal LEPs amendment

The purpose of this circular is to advise councils of an amendment to the standard instrument for principal local environmental plans that was gazetted on 14 December 2007.
19 December 2007
PS 07-019 - Certification of draft
comprehensive LEPs for public |
exhibition
Superseded. Replaced by Planning Circular PS 09-011 issued 9 April 2009.
30 November 2007
PS 07-018 - Infrastructure
contributions
Superseded. Replaced by Planning Circular PS 08-017 issued 23 December 2008.
6 November 2007
PS 07-017 Brothels
Legislation Amendment Act 2007
This circular is to advise local councils, relevant State agencies and the community of the commencement of the Brothels Legislation Amendment Act 2007.
3 October 2007
PS 07-016 SEPP (Housing for
Seniors or People with a Disability)
2004
This circular is to advise councils of the main planning implications of State Environmental Planning Policy (Seniors Living) 2004 (Amendment No. 2). The name of the Principal Policy is now SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004. Note. See also Housing for seniors and people with a disabilities webpage for updated application form and further information.
28 September 2007
PS 07-015 Review of and subsequent
changes to the SEPP
(Major Projects) 2005
This circular is to advise local councils, relevant State agencies, industry and the community of the gazettal of some recent amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Projects) 2005.
27 September 2007
PS07-014 Amendment no. 3 to
SEPP 62 - implications for
development that may affect
oyster aquaculture
This circular is to advise coastal councils of the planning implications of State Environmental Planning Policy No. 62—Sustainable Aquaculture (Amendment No. 3), gazetted on 8 December 2006, and the NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy relating to developments that may affect oyster aquaculture.
22 August 2007
PS07-013 Amendment no. 3 to
SEPP 62 - implications for oyster
aquaculture development
This circular is to advise coastal councils of the planning implications of State Environmental Planning Policy No. 62—Sustainable Aquaculture (Amendment No. 3), gazetted on 8 December 2006, and the NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy relating to oyster aquaculture development.
22 August 2007
PS07-012 New GIS data requirements
for LEPs
This circular is to advise councils of the new standard technical requirements for local environmental plan (LEP) GIS data. 11 September 2007
PS07-010 Heads of consideration
for the Minister to appoint a planning administrator or panel
This circular is to advise of the gazettal of heads of consideration for the exercise of power under section 118 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to appoint a planning administrator or panel to exercise the functions of a council where there is unsatisfactory performance in dealing with planning and development matters.
1 August 2007
PS07-009 EPLA Act 2006 and EPAA (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2007
This circular is to advise councils, relevant State agencies and the community of the commencement of the remaining provisions of the Environmental Planning Legislation Amendment Act 2006 and associated amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
18 July 2007
PS07-008 New section 117
directions
This circular is to advise councils of new ministerial directions under section 117(2) of the EP&A Act that commence on 19 July 2007 17 July 2007
PS07-007 New mapping requirements
for local environmental plans
This circular is to advise councils of the new standard technical requirements for local environmental plan (LEP) maps.
17 April 2007
PS07-006 Implementation of regional
strategies - ministerial direction
This circular is to advise councils of a new Ministerial Direction under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that will give statutory effect to the regional strategies finalised by the NSW Government.
4 April 2007
PS07-005SEPP (Mining, Petroleum
Production and Extractive Industries)
2007
This circular is to advise mining, petroleum production and extractive industries, councils, developers and the community of the gazettal of a policy to regulate mining, petroleum production and extractive industries in NSW.
22 February 2007
PS07-004 Minor amendments to
existing use rights
This circular is to advise of minor changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 regarding existing use rights. 12 February 2007
PS07-003 New guideline and
changes to section 117 direction
and EP&A Regulation on
flood prone land
This circular provides an overview of a new guideline to the Floodplain Development Manual and changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and section 117 Direction on flood prone land.
31 January 2007
PS07-002 Environmental Planning
Legislation Amendment Act 2006
This circular is to advise local councils, relevant State agencies and the community of the commencement of various provisions of the Environmental Planning Legislation Amendment Act 2006.
12 January 2007
PS07-001 Consideration of draft
SEPPs under section 79C of the
EP&A Act
This circular is to advise consent authorities that certain draft State environmental planning policies are no longer required to be taken into consideration when determining development applications.
11 January 2007
PS06-020 Changes to the
application of s. 94A of the
EP&A Act - ministerial direction
This circular is to advise councils and the planning and development industry of recent changes affecting section 94A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
6 December 2006
PS06-019 Changes to the standard
instrument for principal LEPs
This circular is to advise councils of recent changes to the standard instrument for principal local environmental plans.
4 September 2006
PS06-018 Approval to install
relocatable and flat-pack homes
outside a caravan park or MHE
The purpose of this circular is to clarify for councils, the housing industry and homebuyers the different approval requirements for the installation of two common types of transportable home on land that is not part of a caravan park or manufactured home estate (MHE). It also clarifies which types of transportable homes require a BASIX Certificate and which do not.
3 October 2006
PS06-017 Performance monitoring
of the planning system
This circular advises of the new system of data collection on planning and development matters to enable performance monitoring of the planning system by the Department of Planning.
17 July 2006
PS06-016 Commencement and
implementation of the
EP&A Amendment Act 2006
This circular advises of the commencement and implementation of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2006, which deals with planning administrators, assessment panels, development corporations, development control plans and contributions plans. The changes took effect from 30 June 2006.
5 July 2006
PS06-015
Now redundant - see Planning Circular PS 09-015, issued 1 July 2009.
15 June 2006

PS06-014 Minor amendments to
LEPs using section 73A

 

Proforma - Section 73A
EP&A Act Submission

WORD DOC

This circular provides guidance on the process for amending local environmental plans in accordance with section 73A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Note: Currently under review. 12 July 2006
PS06-013 Local environmental
studies
Now redundant - see Planning Circular PS 09-015, issued 1 July 2009.
2 May 2006
PS06-012 New transitional
arrangements
for DCPs
This circular is to advise of an amendment to the transitional provisions applying to development control plan requirements, and to confirm previous advice on the implementation of these requirements. 5 May 2006
PS 06-011 Changes to the public notice requirements for planning agreements
This circular provides advice on a change to the requirements for public notification of proposed planning agreements under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
18 April 2006
PS 06-010 Changes to the EP&A
Regulation regarding major project assessments
This circular advises of minor changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) in relation to the assessment process for major projects
18 April 2006
PS 06–009 Changes to the land acquisition process for reserved land
This circular is to advise councils, relevant State agencies and the community of changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 regarding the procedure for owner-initiated acquisition of land reserved for public purposes.
27 April 2006
PS 06 - 008 Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006
This circular provides an overview of the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 and its implications for preparing local environmental plans.
03 April 2006
PS 06 - 007 Changes to existing use rights
This circular is to advise of changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 regarding existing use rights. 31 March 2006
PS 06-006 Changes to the transitional arrangements for the introduction of new section 117 directions
This circular is to advise of changes to the transitional provision in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 regarding Ministerial directions issued under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
17 February 2006
PS 06-005 Local environmental plan
review panel

Fact sheet

Instrument of delegation

LEP Pro-forma Evaluation CriteriaWORD DOC
This Circular explains the role of the Department’s new LEP Review Panel. It provides advice on new procedures, including the information the Director-General requires from council in notifying the Department (under section 54(4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) of council’s decision to prepare a draft local environmental plan. The new procedures come into effect on 22 February 2006. Note: Currently under review. 16 February 2006
PS 06-004 Prohibition of retrospective construction certificates and changes concerning compliance certificates
This circular is to notify councils, private certifiers, developers and the community that the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) has been amended to make clear that construction certificates for building or subdivision work cannot be issued after work has commenced, and that the obtaining of compliance certificates cannot be made a condition of development consent. The changes take effect from 3 March 2006. 13 February 2006
PS 06-003 State Environmental Planning Policy No. 4—Amendment No. 17
The purpose of this circular is to advise councils, relevant state agencies and industry groups of Amendment No. 17 to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 4 - Development Without Consent and Miscellaneous Exempt and Complying Development (SEPP 4) gazetted on 3 February 2006.
17 February 2006
PS 06-002 Inclusion of Property
Vegetation Plans in planning certificates PDF

PS 06-002 Inclusion of Property
Vegetation Plans in planning certificates DOC
 

This circular provides advice on changes to the requirements for planning certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

10 January 2006
PS 06-001 Regulation of camping density
in primitive camping grounds PDF

PS 06-001 Regulation of camping density
in primitive camping grounds DOC
This Circular provides further information on the Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005 in relation to the camping density provisions that apply to land used for primitive camping grounds. The Regulation commenced on 1 September 2005. 10 January 2006
PS 05-014 State Environmental
Planning Policy (Seniors Living) 2004 (Amendment No. 1) PDF

PS 05-014 State Environmental
Planning Policy (Seniors Living) 2004 (Amendment No. 1) DOC
This circular is to advise councils, developers and the community of the gazettal of an amendment to the Seniors Living SEPP restricting the form of seniors housing permitted on land adjoining land zoned primarily for urban purposes 23 December 2005

PS 05–013 - Amendment no. 4 to
SEPP 71 – coastal protection PDF

 

PS 05–013 - Amendment no. 4 to
SEPP 71 – coastal protection DOC

This Circular is to advise local councils on the NSW coast that the Minister for Planning has made an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 71 - Coastal Protection. The councils affected are listed in Schedule 1 of the Circular. 12 December 2005
PS 05–012 - Planning implications of
the extension of the NSW Coastal Zone PDF

PS 05–012 - Planning implications of
the extension of the NSW Coastal Zone DOC
 
This Circular is to advise councils in the greater metropolitan region of the planning implications for their local government area with the extension of land declared to be part of the NSW Coastal Zone. The councils affected are listed in Schedule Reissued
22 November 2005
PS 05–011 - Changes to the arrangements
for implementing new requirements for development control plans
This circular provides advice on changes to the transitional arrangements for the introduction of new requirements for development control plans. 9 December 2005
PS 05–010 - Requirements for
development control plans with the latest planning reforms PDF

PS 05–010 - Requirements for
development control plans with the latest planning reforms DOC
This circular restates important advice previously provided on the new arrangements for development control. 9 November 2005

CC 05–001 - Department of Planning office contacts and advisory lines PDF

 

CC 05–001 - Department of Planning office contacts and advisory lines DOC

The purpose of this circular is to update clients on departmental inquiry services and regional office contacts.  27 October 2005

PS 05-009 - Changes to ministerial directions under section 117 of the
EP&A Act PDF

 

PS 05-009 - Changes to ministerial directions under section 117 of the
EP&A Act DOC

This circular provides an overview of the recent changes to ministerial directions about the local environmental plan-making system under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 30 September 2005

PS 05-008 - Changes to Part 3 and 4 of
the EP&A Act PDF

 

PS 05-008 - Changes to Part 3 and 4 of
the EP&A Act DOC

This circular advises of the changes to Part 3 and 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act that commence on 30 September 2005 30 September 2005
PS 05-007 - Commencement of updated regulation for caravan parks and
moveable dwellings PDF

PS 05-007 - Commencement of updated regulation for caravan parks and
moveable dwellings DOC
This Circular is to inform councils, operators and residents of caravan parks, camping grounds and manufactured home estates, government agencies and other interested parties of changes introduced by the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005. 14 September 2005
PS 05-006 - Commencement Part 3A
(Major Projects) of the EP&A Act PDF

PS 05-006 - Commencement Part 3A
(Major Projects) of the EP&A Act DOC
The purpose of this circular is to notify councils, State government authorities, industry and community interests of the commencement of Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) on 1 August 2005. 29 July 2005

PS 05-005 - Reports by the Director
General under section 69 of the
EP&A Act PDF

PS 05-005 - Reports by the Director
General under section 69 of the
EP&A Act DOC

Section 69 Report when using delegation PDF

Section 69 Report when using delegation
This Circular provides councils with advice on the Director-General's requirements for reporting to the Minister under section 69 of theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and clarifies the circumstances under which amending plans may be prepared.
19 August 2005

PS 05-004 - Development contributions practice notes PDF

 

PS 05-004 - Development contributions practice notes DOC

This circular is to advise local councils, other consent authorities, the planning and development industry and the community of new practice notes on the administration of the development contributions system under Division 6 of Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. 8 July 2005
PS 05-003 - Changes to the development contributions system in NSW PDF

PS 05-003 - Changes to the development contributions system in NSW DOC
This circular provides councils, other consent authorities, the planning and development industry and the community with an overview of the recent changes to the development contributions system under section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. 14 June 2005
PS 05-002 - State significant development PDF

PS 05-002 - State significant development DOC
The purpose of this circular is to notify councils, state government authorities, industry and community interests of the gazettal of the State environmental planning policy for State significant development on 25 May 2005. 27 May 2005
PS 05-001 - Occupation certificates and conditions of development consent PDF

PS 05-001 - Occupation certificates and conditions of development consent DOC
This circular provides councils and other consent authorities, accredited certifiers and applicants with advice on occupation certificates for buildings 22 April 200


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