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.
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The Government is taking a staged approach to the commencement of the new Act to ensure a smooth transition to the new measures.Read more about staged implementation
Part 1 – New objects of the Act
The Act includes new objects that reflect the Government’s commitment to thriving, safe and well–designed communities with local character and heritage.Read more about the New objects of the Act
The Planning Assessment Commission will be known as the Independent Planning Commission, recognizing its independence and decision–making role.Read more about the change to the Commission
Development controls in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) need to be kept up–to–date and as simple as possible.Read more about Development controls and approvals