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Proposed Remediation of Land SEPP

You are now invited to have your say on a Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a new Remediation of Land SEPP and the draft Planning Guidelines by 31 March 2018.

For almost 20 years, the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the Remediation of Land 'SEPP 55' and the associated 'Managing Contaminated Land Planning Guidelines' have provided the planning framework for the management of contaminated land in NSW.


Now the guidelines have been reviewed and an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a new SEPP prepared, as part of a review program by the NSW Government.


The EIE sets out how the proposed SEPP will:

  • provide a state–wide planning framework for the remediation of land;
  • require consent authorities to consider the potential for land to be contaminated when determining development applications;
  • clearly list the remediation works that require development consent; and
  • introduce certification and operational requirements for remediation works that can be undertaken without development consent.

The EIE also describes a proposal to transfer the requirements, to consider contamination when rezoning land, to a direction under Section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.


EIE document (PDF, 3.21 MB)

Have your say until 31 March 2018

Feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect (PDF, 3.21 MB) and draft Planning Guidelines (PDF, 1.68 MB) is welcome until 31 March 2018.


Make an online submission

In writing

Director, Housing Approvals and Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39
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. Please read this privacy statement before making a submission. The right to not publish selected submissions, in full or part, is reserved.

More information

For more information go to the FAQs SEPP Review Program Remediation of Land Planning Reform Package (PDF, 78.3 KB), email or phone 1300 305 695. For translation services phone 131 450.

Page last updated: 15/02/2018