A review program for State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system is underway. The review is underpinned by the Government’s commitment to simplify the NSW planning system and reduce complexity without reducing the rigour necessary in considering matters of State and regional significance.
This review process will modernise, simplify and improve the effectiveness and usability of policies.
The SEPP review program is examining the existing policies to consider:
The review intends to remove policy and controls that are duplicated in strategies, regional plans and local environmental plans.
Delivery of policies through the Standard Instrument local environmental plans is a priority, where possible and appropriate. The role and importance of SEPPs to deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance will not be diminished.
The review will be rolled out in several phases. Stage 1 is now complete with amendments commenced on 5 August 2016.
Details of the specific amendments to the planning instruments include:
The NSW Government has finalised the review of 16 State Environmental Planning Policies.
The review identified provisions that are:
Circular PS 16-002 advises councils and practitioners of changes introduced by Stage 1 of the SEPP review.
The following SEPPs were repealed in Stage 1:
Stage 2 of the review is now underway. A range of SEPPs are progressively being reviewed in Stage 2 of the SEPP Review Program. So far the Department has sought public comment on proposed amendments comprising:
The Department is still considering feedback on some of these proposals, and is continuing to progress its review of other SEPPs. The Department will continue to seek public comments on further proposed amendments to other SEPPs coming from the review, to be made available for public consultation. Details of these proposals will be added to this webpage as they are released for exhibition.
In addition to the SEPP Review Program, the Department has developed the following new SEPPs which have now been finalised:
For further information please phone 1300 305 695.