Planning agreements are a tool that allows planning authorities and developers to work together to deliver innovative infrastructure outcomes.
Planning agreements can be negotiated at both the local and State government level. They are a legal agreement between a developer and a planning authority and are usually negotiated when a developer is submitting a development application or a planning proposal.
The policies that govern how planning agreements can be used are found below. They include legislation, directions made by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and practice notes.
|NameEnvironmental Planning and Assessment (Planning Agreements) Direction 2018||Date issued28 February 2019||DescriptionRequires all councils to consider a series of matters when negotiating a planning agreement with a developer for the purposes of affordable housing in connection with a development.|
|NamePractice Note on Planning Agreements||Date issuedJuly 2005||DescriptionThis practice note provides detailed guidance on the negotiation, administration and making of planning agreements.|
Note: The practice note on planning agreements should be read in conjunction with other infrastructure contributions practice notes.
From time to time the Department will issue circulars providing additional information on a variety of policy issues. If you would like to look at a particular circular, go to Planning System Circulars.
Page last updated: 12/03/2020