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The Explanation of Intended Effect for proposed new rules for Site Compatibility Certificates – Seniors Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) is on exhibition from 10 November 2017 to 24 November 2017.


Development for seniors housing is permissible under State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 (Seniors SEPP), subject to meeting the requirements and in certain circumstances having a SCC.


A change has been proposed to the state policy governing housing for seniors and people with a disability about the use of SCCs. The proposed amendment addresses the practice of incremental expansion of land for seniors housing through Site Compatibility Certificates. The amendment will clarify that:

  • a SCC cannot be issued for additional land, unless that land independently meets all the SCC criteria
  • a SCC cannot be amended to include additional land, unless the additional land meets the SCC criteria
  • a SCC can be reissued for a site to which the original SCC applied if that SCC is no longer current, but it cannot be extended to include additional land unless the additional land independently meets the SCC criteria


It is proposed that this policy position will apply to all new applications for SCCs lodged from the start of the exhibition of the EIE.


Download the EIE document

Have your say on the Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed new rules for Site Compatibility Certificates – Seniors Housing SEPP until 24 November 2017

We welcome your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect and encourage you to have your say:

  • Make an online submission
  • Or write to:

    Director, Housing Policy
    Department of Planning and Environment
    GPO Box 39
    Sydney NSW 2001


All submissions will be made public in line with the Department’s objective to promote an open and transparent planning system. If you do not want your name published, please state this clearly at the top of your submission. Before making a submission, please read our privacy policy.


Make an online submission

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  • Call 1300 305 695
  • For further information please see the Frequently Asked Questions
  • If you require translation assistance, please call 131 450

Page last updated: 09/11/2017