NSW Department of Planning and Environment

As our population grows and our state develops, we are ensuring the natural environment and our heritage are protected.

In this section, you will find plans stretching from our parklands to the skies; from our native animals to our vegetation.

You’ll also find guidelines about live entertainment in venues.

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We have teamed up with Siding Spring Observatory and Dubbo School of Distant Education to help protect the dark night sky from light pollution.

Hands making a heart shape, silhouetted against a night time bar background.

A system for planning for live entertainment was introduced in 2009.

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The Department has developed a new approach to support farming and protect the environment.

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The catchment of the Georges River drains a landmass of nearly 1000 square kilometres, including parts of 14 local government areas.

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Heritage Stoneworks manages heritage building projects and collaborates on the Minister’s Stonework Program.

Koala in tree, Wollondilly Koala Project. Photo by Bear Hunt Photography / Save Our Species program

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2020 commenced on 30 November 2020.

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A plan to create better environmental outcomes for Sydney Harbour and its tributaries.

Landscape photo of vegetation in Cumberland area. Photo by Greg Steenbeek

The Vegetation SEPP regulates clearing on urban land and land zoned for environmental conservation/management not needing development consent.