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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.

Temporary accommodation

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

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Repair and response works

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

Snowy river landscape. Photo by: DPIE/ Vanessa Allen

Overview of the planning system

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

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How to make a Development Application

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

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Outbuildings in rural areas

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

Farming landscape, Menangle, NSW.

Secondary dwellings (granny flats)

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

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

Business enabling works

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

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

Infrastructure recovery pathways

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

Communication tower near Cooma, NSW.

Cleaning up and rebuilding

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

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Regional Housing Flying Squad

Councils can seek support for DA assessments via a panel of planning consultants to support faster decisions.  
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Development Application help for homeowners to rebuild

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