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Review to improve the regulation of manufactured homes and estates, caravan parks and camping grounds 

The NSW Government is working to improve the planning and approval process for manufactured homes and estates, caravan parks, and camping grounds. 

 

In 2015, the Department with the Office of Local Government prepared a Discussion Paper to seek feedback on proposed improvements. The Discussion Paper was made available for public comment from 2 November 2015 to 14 December 2015.

 

The proposed improvements aim to:

  • simplify and streamline the planning and approval process
  • balance short-term tourist accommodation needs and long-term residents’ needs
  • improve the design, location, and amenities of future developments.

There will be no impact on residents living in existing manufactured homes and estates, caravan parks, and camping grounds. Tenancy and management issues are set out in the laws administered by Department of Fair Trading.



A Discussion Paper was prepared to seek feedback on the proposed options for improving the planning and approvals system for manufactured homes and estates, caravan parks, and camping grounds. The Discussion Paper was made available for public comment from 2 November 2015 to 14 December 2015.

 

The proposed options will have important benefits to the community and stakeholders including:

  • supporting uses in the right locations through clearer definitions and appropriate land use zonings
  • providing greater planning clarity and consistency by simplifying approvals for manufactured homes, caravan parks and camping grounds under one Act, removing duplication and ineffective policies
  • promoting a greater range of housing choices for residents and tourists as well as accommodation for seasonal workers
  • encouraging ongoing innovation in housing choices
  • improving building standards and safety for manufactured homes. 

 

Click here to read the Discussion Paper.


  • Frequently asked questions.
  • Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.
  • Email us at: LGRegReview@planning.nsw.gov.au

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the proposed options outlined in the Discussion Paper during the public consultation period (2 November 2015 to 14 December 2015).

 

The submissions received can be viewed online at: planning.nsw.gov.au/proposals 


Submissions have been made public in line with the Department of Planning and Environment’s objective to promote an open and transparent planning system.

Next steps

All feedback will now be analysed and the results will be used to update the planning rules for manufactured homes and estates, moveable dwellings, caravan parks, and camping grounds.


To stay up to date on our progress, please email: LGRegReview@planning.nsw.gov.au



Information on the NSW approval system for caravan parks, camping grounds and MHEs and the installation of moveable dwellings in them is provided on the attached fact sheet.


The following legislation may be accessed at legislation.nsw.gov.au:
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Local Government Act 1993
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 21 – Caravan Parks
  • State Environmental Planning Policy No 36 – Manufactured Home Estates
  • Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005

Information about the location and facilities of many of the State’s Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds may be found on the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW website.

 

Information on where to find Crown land holiday parks is available from the NSW Land and Property Management Authority here.

 

Information about the Manufactured Housing Industry Association NSW can be found here.

 

Information for caravan park and MHE owners and residents about residential site agreements and moveable dwelling agreements is provided on the NSW Office of Fair Trading website.

 

Further information is also available in the Illegal Camping circular document





Page last updated: 09/11/2016