NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Thousands of homes, businesses and communities across the state have been impacted by the recent devastating natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Government is making planning rules easier for people so they can rebuild and work with councils and state agencies to support the recovery.

Initiatives to facilitate rebuilding

A number of planning initiatives have been introduced to support families, businesses and communities across the state to rebuild and recover following natural disasters.

See below for further information, including on returning to your property, cleaning up and rebuilding your home.

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Changes have been made to assist in the provision of emergency accommodation.

Snowy river landscape. Photo by: DPIE/ Vanessa Allen

Certain demolition, repair works, and the use of storage containers will be allowed without council approval.

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Information for homeowners and businesses to understand what approvals may be required to rebuild.

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Your step-by-step guide to making a Development Application to repair or rebuild your home.

Farming landscape, Menangle, NSW.

The following information explains the exempt provisions for outbuildings in rural areas.

Homes in construction in residential area in Kellyville, North West Sydney, NSW.

Guidance for residents who want to construct a secondary dwelling while construction of the main house is underway.

Woman picking fruit on Belmore Road shops in Riverwood, South Sydney NSW.

The planning system currently provides options that may assist businesses to continue to operate where premises have been damaged by bushfires.

Communication tower near Cooma, NSW.

Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the natural disasters.

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Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by natural disasters.

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Councils can seek support for DA assessments via a panel of planning consultants to support faster decisions.

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Some councils have provisions to help homeowners rebuild or repair their home after a natural disaster.