The State Environmental Planning Policy Infrastructure (2007) assists the NSW Government, private infrastructure providers, local councils and the communities they support by simplifying the process for providing infrastructure like hospitals, roads, railways, emergency services, water supply and electricity delivery.
The Infrastructure SEPP plays a key role in helping to deliver the NSW Government’s infrastructure works.
Amendments to the Infrastructure SEPP made in December 2017 included new provisions for health service facilities, public administration buildings, state sports and recreation centres, and lead-in sewer and water infrastructure. They also optimised the use of commuter hubs and enabled councils to better manage and maintain their lands, including their operational lands.
On 31 August 2018, the NSW Government finalised further amendments to the Infrastructure SEPP. The amendments address changes to divisions of the SEPP which were exhibited by the Department from 3 February to 7 April 2017, however not included in the changes made to the SEPP on 15 December 2017.
These recent changes introduce new provisions for correctional services, emergency and police services facilities and bushfire hazard reduction, ports and roads infrastructure, including facilities for electric vehicles, and other operational and housekeeping improvements.
The amendments make it easier and faster to deliver and maintain infrastructure, while ensuring appropriate levels of environmental assessment and consultation are undertaken.
View the new Infrastructure SEPP amendments on the NSW legislation website.
The department is continuing to work to modernise, simplify and improve the planning system to ensure that essential infrastructure and services that the community needs can be delivered in a streamlined way.
State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (on NSW legislation website).
Community guide (January 2008)
Planning circular - Key provisions (31 January 2008)
Planning circular - SEPP (Infrastructure) Amendment (Schools, Affordable Housing and Metro Rail) 2009 (2 March 2009)
Planning circular - School provisions under SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007 (18 March 2009)
Planning circular - Amended school provisions under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (14 July 2009).
Planning circular – regarding mandatory notification and assessment requirements for development near pipelines listed under clause 66C of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.
Development near rail corridors and busy roads: interim guideline (Pdf, 4.5 MB) (gazetted 19 December 2008) - this guideline assists in the planning, design and assessment of development in, or adjacent to, rail corridors and busy roads. It supports specific rail and road provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.
The State Environmental Planning Policy Infrastructure 2007 (SEPP Infrastructure) sets out the State wide planning provisions and development controls for telecommunication facilities in NSW.
The Infrastructure SEPP allows telecommunications infrastructure providers to be either exempt from planning approval, or be able to receive a ten-day complying development approval, for a number of telecommunications facilities subject to strict criteria including health and amenity considerations.
The NSW Telecommunications Facilities Guideline Including Broadband – July 2010 (Pdf, 2.36 MB) provides further detail about the types of infrastructure that can be classified as exempt or complying development and the requirements and development standards that must be met for each facility type.
For more information on the National Broadband Network in New South Wales visit the YouCompare website.
Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are three of the state's largest ports. The ports are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW economy.
On 7 March 2014, the NSW Government finalised an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013, to apply the same planning controls to the Port of Newcastle that already apply at Port Botany and Port Kembla.As a consequence of the amendment, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013 was renamed to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2014 (‘Three Ports SEPP’).
In order for a complying development certificate to be issued by council for development relating to bulk liquid storage tanks, the proponent may be required to obtain a hazard analysis, fire safety study (FSS) / a Hazard and Operability study (HAZOP) prepared by a suitably qualified person on their behalf. Hazard audits are also required for the development of bulk liquid storage tanks 12 months after the commencement of use of the tanks and every three years thereafter. These hazard studies must be completed by a qualified person approved by the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment.
View the list of approved persons here. (PDF, 72KB)
If you are an expert in preparing hazard studies and wish to be approved by the Secretary to prepare these studies under the Three Ports SEPP, you can apply to the Department.
Those approved will be added to the list of experts who may be used to complete hazard analysis, hazard audits, FSS / HAZOPs on behalf of proponents.
To apply to be on the list, you will need a degree in science or engineering (or equivalent) and at least five years recent and relevant experience performing and critically reviewing the relevant studies.
To apply, you must complete the nomination form, click on the button below to download the form.
Applicants are required to submit the nomination form and a Curriculum Vitae.
The Minister for Planning, under section 7.17 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, may issue general or particular directions to local councils in relation to the development contributions they can impose.
Section 94E directions for Port Botany and Port Kembla (PDF) [section 7.17 of current Act]
Section 94E direction for Port of Newcastle (PDF) [section 7.17 of current Act]
Planning for major infrastructure corridors is an important process to enable the delivery of large infrastructure projects needed in the future. Major infrastructure corridor planning can involve a number of phases over many years.
A new Planning Guideline for Major Infrastructure Corridors has been drafted to assist infrastructure agencies with the infrastructure corridor planning process. This includes:
The Guideline specifies the planning tools infrastructure agencies can use at each stage of the corridor planning process. It is not a set of rules, however provides a suggested pathway to planning for and protecting infrastructure corridors.
Page last updated: 13/03/2020