Many people in NSW have lost their homes or businesses in the recent devastating bushfires across the state. The NSW Government is continuing to make changes to planning rules to make it easier for people to recover and rebuild after the bushfires. The NSW Government is continuing to work with councils and state agencies on what else is needed to support the recovery and rebuilding effort.
Temporary premises for bushfire affected businesses
The new provisions for bushfire affected communities allow bushfire affected businesses to operate temporarily out of a shipping container and/or a portable office for up to two years. These changes commenced on 28 February 2020.
These changes aim to help businesses trade in the short- to medium-term while they plan for their permanent rebuild.
Development standards will ensure that the development is safe and low impact. Up to two shipping containers or two portable offices, or one of either is allowed on a property. These rules only apply to businesses with a prior approval to operate.
More information about these new provisions can be found below.
Demolition, repairs and temporary storage
Further information on the Initiatives that commenced on 31 January 2020 and 5 February 2020 and further general guidance on returning to your property, cleaning up and rebuilding your home are provided below.
Certain demolition, repair works, and the use of storage containers will be allowed without council approval.About the changes
Changes assist in the provision of emergency accommodation such as caravans.Learn more about these changes
Bushfire affected businesses can operate out of a shipping container or portable office for up to two years.See the changes
Information for homeowners and businesses to understand what approvals may be required to rebuild.Find out more information
Your step-by-step guide to making a Development Application to repair or rebuild your home.View the DA process guide
The following information explains exempt provisions for outbuildings in rural areas.For more information
Guidance for residents who want to construct a secondary dwelling while construction of the main house is underway.Read for more information
The planning system currently provides options that may assist businesses to continue to operate where premises have been damaged by bushfires.Find out more
Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the bushfires.More about the approval pathway
Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by bushfires.Find additional information