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What is a Local Environmental Plan?

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately.


We work closely with all councils to ensure up-to-date local planning controls are in place.


The Standard Instrument LEP program

We started the Standard Instrument LEP program in 2006 to create a common format and content for the plans.


128 councils in NSW now have a comprehensive plan in place.


Review of clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP

The NSW Government is committed to the ongoing improvement of the NSW planning system, to ensure it is easy to use and understand, promotes strategic planning and integrity, and reduces the risk of corruption. As part of this commitment, the department is seeking feedback on how to improve the way clause 4.6 operates and provide certainty to councils and industry.


An Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) seeks feedback on proposed amendments to clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP. The EIE also seeks feedback on proposed measures to increase transparency, accountability and probity by strengthening council reporting requirements on variation decisions, in line with ICAC recommendations.


An amendment to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 will contain the current requirements to fulfil certain procedural and reporting requirements when development standards are varied, including the new requirement that councils must publish the reasons for granting or refusing a variation request on the NSW Planning Portal in the interests of improving transparency, probity, and governance.


For more information and to view the EIE, visit our review of clause 4.6 webpage.


Consultation and feedback

We welcomed feedback on the proposed changes to clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP during public exhibition from 31 March until 12 May 2021.


Thank you to everyone who made a submission and provided feedback. Submissions will be considered and will inform the development of the proposed changes.


Operation Dasha – NSW Government report

The department has responded to and accepted all recommendations as part of its response to Operation Dasha. Read the department’s action plan.


How are planning controls updated and reviewed?

Through the Gateway process, for more detail go to:


Gateway process

LEPs Online

Visit LEPs Online, the local plan making tracking system. You can track the progress of a plan or review.


LEPs Online

SCCs Online

Visit SCCs Online, the site compatibility certificate application tracking system. You can track the progress of applications for site compatibility certificates (SCCs) for seniors housing in your local area and view associated documents.


SCCs Online

Our regional offices and their functions

The regional teams are the main interface between the department and local government and work closely with stakeholders and the community to ensure balanced and sustainable outcomes.


Find out about regional offices

Links and resources for making LEPs

Useful links

Page last updated: 16/09/2021