NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Guide to the updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

NSW has an updated, modern planning system that is simpler, faster and designed to ensure high quality decision and planning outcomes for the people of NSW.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 has been updated and is the culmination of the biggest overhaul of the Act since the legislation’s inception almost 40 years ago.

The new Act follows the passing of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2017 in the NSW Parliament in November 2017. It will commence on 1 March 2018 with most of the changes coming into effect from this date. Others will take longer to come into effect as they require further guidance and consultation.

For further information, please call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695 or contact us.

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New community participation plans will need to be prepared by all planning authorities.

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The Act recognises the critical role of councils in strategic planning for their local area.

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There is a requirement for notification of proposed activities to ensure future plans for an infrastructure corridor will not be affected.

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The new Act strengthens building regulation and certification procedures to ensure quality and safety.

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The new Act allows applicants to request an internal review from council of a decision about integrated development.

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The new Act is easier to navigate, understand and it has 10 principal parts, with all provisions decimal numbered.