The Barangaroo site

Barangaroo is a 22 hectare site along Sydney Harbour, between King Street Wharf and Walsh Bay. The site is owned by the NSW Government and falls within the City of Sydney local government area.

The Barangaroo precinct was historically used for shipping and stevedoring but the NSW Government is now planning to transform the space into a public, residential and commercial precinct over the next decade.

The precinct is divided into three sections:

  • Barangaroo South – plans include a major new business, tourism, residential and retail precinct opening onto a public waterfront promenade.
  • Barangaroo Central – plans include a cultural and civic focal point for recreation, relaxation, events, festivals, entertainment and leisure activities.
  • Headland Park – plans allow for a six hectare open space designed to complement the neighbouring headlands of Sydney harbour.

The department's role

The department has a role in assessing and determining development applications considered State Significant Development for Barangaroo. These are development applications with a Capital Investment Value of more than $10 million.

City of Sydney Council is the consent authority for development applications valued below $10 million.

Barangaroo applications the department has received, is assessing, or has determined for Barangaroo.

Who is developing Barangaroo?

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority is a State Government-owned department established to manage and develop Barangaroo on behalf of the State Government.

Lend Lease has the development right for Barangaroo South.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Lend Lease must submit development applications to the department for assessment.


What is the department's role in the development of the Crown casino?

The department will assess any development application for a casino at Barangaroo. A development application for a casino has not been submitted to the department.

Crown has been negotiating with Lend Lease for the development of a casino at Barangaroo South.

Are there any Part 3A applications for Barangaroo currently under assessment?

No. There are no more Part 3A applications for Barangaroo with the department, and future applications for Barangaroo will be assessed as either State Significant Development or a development application to council.

There were eight Part3A development applications approved for Barangaroo, which included the construction of the first residential buildings (R8 and R9), the basement car park, commercial buildings (C3, 4 and 5), and Headland Park.

Where is the relevant planning legislation for Barangaroo?

State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005
Barangaroo Delivery Authority Act 2009

Recent media releases and responses

5 Jul 2013 - Green Light for Barangaroo’s first residential buildings
7 Jun 2013 - Letter to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald on Barangaroo cultural facility
For a list of all media releases and responses related to Barangaroo, please visit the media centre and enter “Barangaroo” into the media release headline search.

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Last Updated 20-May-2014