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What is Regionally significant development?

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:

  • development with a capital investment value (CIV) over $30 million
  • development with a CIV over $5 million which is:
    • council related
    • lodged by or on behalf of the Crown (State of NSW)
    • private infrastructure and community facilities
    • eco-tourist facilities.
  • extractive industries, waste facilities and marinas that are designated development
  • certain coastal subdivisions
  • development with a CIV between $10 million and $30 million which is referred to the Planning Panel by the applicant after 120 days

Regional development does not apply in the City of Sydney Council area.

How do I apply?

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.


Relevant Legislation:

Page last updated: 13/10/2020