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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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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.

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


How the assessment process for State significant development works:

  • A development application is received by the Department.
  • The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) that the applicant needs to address.
  • The applicant prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the SEARs.
  • The Department publicly exhibit the EIS and consult with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.
  • The Department publish submissions and ask the applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • The applicant prepares a formal Response to Submissions Report (RtS), which the Department publishes.
  • The Department assesses the merits of the project, including the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS.
  • If there are more than 25 objections, a reportable political donation has been made, or the local council objects to the proposal, the application will be sent to the independent Planning Assessment Commission for a final decision.

Page last updated: 28/06/2018