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Approvals for new homes, home renovations and farm buildings will be made easier and faster for property owners and farmers in regional NSW through the new Inland Code.

Announced today by Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, the Inland Code aims to simplify the complying development rules in residential and rural areas of inland NSW.

“Farmers in rural NSW are facing extremely tough times throughout the ongoing drought and this Government is committed to assisting in any way we can,” Mr Roberts said. 

“While only a small contribution to the hardships facing a lot of rural NSW residents, we want to reduce red tape and make approvals easier and cheaper in inland regional areas.

“We have heard from regional councils and industry stakeholders that complying development is not being taken up in these areas as the planning rules are too complex and are not tailored to recognise the differences in built form between metropolitan Sydney and inland NSW.

“By taking the complying development route, property owners looking to build new homes and farm buildings or make renovations can obtain fast-track approvals, making it easier for families and farmers in inland NSW to get on with their lives. 

“By using this fast-track approval route, property owners can save up to $15,000 for a new home and $2,600 on home renovations.”

The NSW Government is also making it easier to build low impact farm buildings such as silos, sheds and stock holding yards in rural areas across NSW, without the need for a planning or building approval through changes to the General Exempt Development Code. 

“We have simplified the planning process by ensuring all development standards are contained in one Code for inland NSW that is easy to read and includes diagrams to clearly explain the planning rules.

“Since public exhibition in early 2016, my Department has worked closely with regional councils and other stakeholders on the development of the Code and the new standards for farm buildings to ensure we get them right,” Mr Roberts added.

The Inland Code will apply to 69 LGAs in Inland NSW. A full list of these LGAs is available at 


Inland Code LGA map

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