NSW Department of Planning and Environment



The State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2021 was made and commenced on 17 March 2021.


The Koala SEPP 2021 reinstates the policy framework of SEPP Koala Habitat Protection 2019 to 83 Local Government Areas (LGA) in NSW. At this stage:

  • In nine of these LGAs – Metropolitan Sydney (Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Ku-Ring-Gai, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Hornsby, Wollondilly) and the Central Coast LGA – Koala SEPP 2021 applies to all zones.
  • In all other identified LGAs, Koala SEPP 2021 does not apply to land zoned RU1 Primary Production, RU2 Rural Landscape or RU3 Forestry.

For all RU1, RU2 and RU3 zoned land outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area and the Central Coast, Koala SEPP 2020 continues to apply. This is an interim measure while new land management and private native forestry codes are developed in line with the NSW Government’s announcement on 8 March 2021.

The principles of the Koala SEPP 2021 are to:

  • Help reverse the decline of koala populations by ensuring koala habitat is properly considered during the development assessment process.
  • Provide a process for councils to strategically manage koala habitat through the development of koala plans of management.

To see where Koala SEPP 2020 and Koala SEPP 2021 apply, visit the Koala SEPP LGA list webpage.


Koala SEPP LGA list



  • 1995: State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection introduced.
  • 2019: State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2019 replaced SEPP 44.
  • November 2020: State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2020 replaced and repealed the 2019 Koala SEPP. The 2020 SEPP largely reinstated SEPP 44.
  • March 2021: State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2021 commenced. It applies across all zones in the 8 Sydney Metropolitan Councils and Central Coast and to zones other than RU1, RU2 and RU3 for the remaining 74 councils. SEPP 2020 applies to the RU1, RU2 and RU3 zones in the 74 LGAs.


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Page last updated: 08/06/2021