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Draft local character clause and overlay

The department has developed a local character overlay and draft local character clause that will allow councils to insert a reference to local character in their LEP via a Local Character Statement and map.


The draft local character clause aims to achieve consistency in the way local character is considered through the planning proposal process, and the way it is included in LEP amendments.


Consultation and feedback

The draft local character clause and overlay were on exhibition from 12 November 2020 until 29 January 2021.


The department welcomed your feedback during the public exhibition. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of all stakeholders, which help inform our decision making.


If you have any questions about the Draft Local Character Clause, please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Fact sheet.


For further enquiries, you can email the team.


View the exhibited documents


What's happened so far?

In 2019, we prepared a Discussion Paper – Local Character Overlays which explores a proposed approach for introducing local character overlays into the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan.


Local character overlays were first identified as a mechanism for embedding local character into the planning framework in the January 2018 Planning Circular PS 18-001 respecting and enhancing local character in the planning system.


We welcomed feedback on the discussion paper in February-May 2019.


More information

For more detailed information on Local Character, you can:


Additionally, you can call our information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English is not your first language and you prefer an interpreter, please call 131 450. You can request an interpreter in your language and to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

Page last updated: 01/02/2021