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The NSW Planning Portal provides access to information to help you prepare, lodge and track development applications.

 

Whether you're getting started on a new build, or renovating, or want to lodge and track your development applications, the NSW Planning Portal helps you on your journey and provides access to tools designed to make the process simpler.

 

For further information and guidance on the planning system for NSW vist the Assess & Regulate page.

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Exempt Development

Many types of home renovations and minor building projects do not require planning approval through exempt development rules.

No planning or building approval is needed for a project that meets specific standards and land requirements.

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Complying Development

Straightforward residential, commercial and industrial developments may qualify for a simpler approval process called complying development

An application that meets specific standards can be fast-tracked by a Council or accredited certifier without the need for a full development application.

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Interactive Buildings

The Interactive Buildings tool provides access to interactive models of residential, commercial and industrial buildings to establish what changes you can make to a property.

The Interactive Buildings tool provides access to interactive models of residential, commercial and industrial buildings which allow you to establish what changes you can make to a property without the need for any further planning or building approvals.

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Find a Property

Search for planning information about a property.

If you search for an address you can see a suite of information relation to that address including both Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies. In the future  you will also be able to view Development Control Plans, Contribution Plans and Development Applications relating to a property.

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Find a Council Area

Search for a suburb, precinct, growth area or local government area for planning layers, area data and statistics

View statistics, demographic information, development applications, Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies that apply to an area.

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Reporting

Planning related datasets are available under open access licenses. You can consume them as charts suitable for printing or you can download the raw data.

The Department regularly monitors the performance of the NSW planning system to ensure it is operating efficiently and effectively as possible for the public, for small and large-scale developers and for industry such as council planners.

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BASIX

BASIX is part of the development application process  and helps home owners reduce water and energy use across NSW.

When you submit a residential development application to your local Council you will need to include a BASIX certificate. A BASIX certificate ensures that new and upgraded homes across the State produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water consumption, by setting energy and water reduction targets for all new dwellings.

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Electronic Housing Code

A number of Councils in NSW enable you to investigate whether your proposed development qualifies as an exempt development or complying development.

Using the Electronic Housing Code you can:

- generate an exempt and/ or complying development report

- prepare your complying development application online

- select your preferred certifier from a pre-nominated list

- lodge your application online

 and more...

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Open Data

We are committed to providing planning data to the professional user community throughout NSW in line with NSW government objectives of open data.

Key planning spatial datasets are available under open access licenses. You can consume them as a web map service or you can download a shape file.

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