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Standard technical requirements for spatial datasets and maps

To coincide with the commencement of the NSW Planning Portal and NSW Planning Database on 30 November 2015, the department has developed revised standard technical requirements for spatial datasets and maps contained within planning instrument and other plans.


The standard technical requirements take effect on 30 November 2015 and cover Local Environmental Plans, State Environmental Planning Policies, Development Control Plans and Contributions Plans.


The revised requirements update and consolidate previous requirements and guidance prepared by the department. Previous requirements can be sourced by contacting


Councils need to prepare spatial data and maps as per the specified standards and submit to the department at draft and final stages via the online submission system for planning data available on the NSW Planning Portal.


The Department’s continuous quality assurance program involves working with councils to ensure that the planning data submitted as part of the plan-making process meets the adopted standard.


Read the document Standard Technical Requirements for spatial datasets and maps.


For more information read the Planning Circular PS15-005 - Commencement of the NSW Planning Portal.


Access to the NSW Planning Portal is here and the Online Submission System for Planning Data is here.

Page last updated: 04/06/2020