A regional development needs to be notified and assessed by a council and then determined by the relevant Planning Panel - either a Sydney planning panel for applications within the Greater Sydney Region or the relevant Joint Regional Planning Panel outside of Sydney. Regional development is defined in Schedule 7 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 and includes:
Regional development does not apply in the City of Sydney Council area.
Applications are made to the council and it is the council’s responsibility to carry out a proper and professional assessment of a proposal for the planning panel’s determination of the development application. Depending on council policy, this will include the public exhibition of the application and assessment of submissions received.
The Planning Panel website provides further information on regionally significant development.
Visit the Joint Regional Planning Panels for facts and figures about regional significant development applications.
Page last updated: 13/10/2020