NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Koala Habitat Protection SEPP



The State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2021 was made and commenced on 17 March 2021. This SEPP is now contained in Chapter 4 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation) 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 Koala SEPP LGA list.

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Page last updated: 24/01/2023