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Useful local planning and zoning resources

The information below will assist councils in the making of local environmental plans.

Guides for plan making

The Local Environmental Plans – a guide to preparing local environmental plans (PDF 1.81 MB) and the Planning Proposals - a guide to preparing planning proposals (PDF 1.91 MB) will help you to understand the gateway process and independent reviews.

Planning circulars

Planning circulars

The new circular PS16–004 applies to rezoning reviews lodged from 1 September 2016:

All planning proposals and draft LEPs must comply with State law regarding reportable political donations. For more details, including a disclosure form, read the Guideline on Disclosure of political donations and gifts (Pdf 128 KB) October 2008.



Additional provisions, also commonly referred to as ‘local provisions’ or ’model local clauses’ are local clauses that have been settled by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office which address common topics raised by councils in their standard instrument LEP preparation. The use of such settled clauses will reduce the time required to amend a standard instrument LEP.


Where councils would like to use one or more of the examples provided but wish to make some minor alterations to suit their specific circumstances, these may be considered with the appropriate justification, although it is recommended that they be adopted 'as is' wherever possible.


For further information please contact your relevant regional office.


The draft provisions are provided as precedents for the purpose of inclusion as local provisions in standard instruments. The clauses have been approved by the department and the Parliamentary Counsel's Office for inclusion in instruments, as at the date of their inclusion. However, these clauses are subject to change and correction without notice and the department and the Parliamentary Counsel's Office reserve the right to make any changes to the wording of the clauses as they think fit.

Additional information

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office (PCO) has also issued advice regarding the drafting and notification processes for making delegated plans. 


Information about PCO's role in the drafting process can be found at:

Information about the notification process can be found at:


Submit feedback on the Standard Instrument LEP

If you would like to submit feedback on the Standard Instrument LEP (SI LEP), click on the green button below. Your feedback will inform any future review the Department undertakes on the SI LEP.


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Page last updated: 06/09/2019