NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Local Planning Panels

In 2017, the Government introduced changes to make local planning panels (LPPs), formerly known as independent hearing and assessment panels, mandatory for all councils in Greater Sydney and Wollongong. This means panels of qualified, independent experts will be determining the most sensitive and complex development applications, which will improve planning outcomes and the probity of the system.

Other changes in the Act build on this by strengthening the rules for Sydney and district regional planning panels in line with the LPPs. This includes reducing corruption risks by ensuring property developers and real estate agents cannot sit on panels, improving accountability by making sure all meetings are held in public and increasing transparency through recording meetings.

Further information on local planning panels is available.


Local planning panels will commence on 1 March 2018.

To read more about the changes to the Act see Part 3 – Strategic planning.

Page last updated: 22/11/2022