Planning system circulars provide non-statutory advice on NSW Government principles, procedures and practices to assist in implementing relevant planning laws and policies.
This page lists current planning system circulars in order by date.
Older circulars that are no longer current can be found on our archived circulars page.
|TitlePS 21-003: Increasing section 7.12 levies||Description
This circular is to advise councils of the replacement of the Development Contributions Plans – Section 94A Practice Note with the Section 7.12 Fixed Development Consent Levies – Practice Note and details the updates.
|Date issued12 February 2021|
|TitlePS 21-002: Reporting and accounting requirements for infrastructure contributions||Description
This circular provides guidance on amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 which improves reporting, accounting and publication requirements for infrastructure contributions. The circular also clarifies exhibition requirements for section 7.11 IPART-reviewed contributions plans.
|Date issued12 February 2021|
|TitlePS 21-001: Improving planning agreements
This circular is to advise planning authorities that the department has prepared a new practice note on planning agreements, which clarifies key principles and provides additional guidance on their use.
|Date issued12 February 2021|
|TitlePS 20-003: Payment of infrastructure contributions or levies prior to the issuing of an occupation certificate||Description
This circular provides guidance on a new requirement to obtain a document from the local council or, where relevant, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, confirming that all relevant contributions or levies have been paid. This document is required before a certifier can issue an occupation certificate under certain circumstances.
|Date issued3 July 2020|
|TitlePS 20-002: Variations to development standards||DescriptionThis circular is to advise consent authorities of arrangements for when the Secretary’s concurrence to vary development standards may be assumed and clarify requirements around reporting and record keeping where that concurrence has been assumed.
This circular replaces PS 18-003 and PS 19-005.
|Date issued5 May 2020|
|TitlePS 20-001: Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019||DescriptionThis circular explains the changes that implement the NSW Rural Fire Service's Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019 (PBP 2019) in the development assessment and strategic planning processes of the NSW planning system.||Date issued5 March 2020|
|TitlePS 19-006: Planning for coastal hazards||DescriptionThis circular replaces PS 14-003 on the disclosure of coastal hazards on planning certificates issued under section 10.7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It also provides councils and other consent authorities with guidance on the assessment of coastal hazards under State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018.||Date issued26 November 2019|
|TitlePS 19-005: Commencement of new Online Submission System for the NSW Planning Portal and requirement for councils to provide certain planning documents and data||DescriptionThis circular replaces PS 15-005 and PS 15-001. It advises of the introduction of a new Online Submission System (OSS) for the NSW Planning Portal and outlines the requirements and procedures for councils to submit certain planning documents and data.||Date issued4 September 2019|
|TitlePS 19-003: Independent review of planning proposals for identified Aboriginal land||DescriptionThis circular is to advise councils and the public about the independent review process for plan making decisions for land identified in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019.||Date issued6 February 2019|
|TitlePS 19-002: Contributions Plans for Growth Areas||DescriptionThis circular is to advise consent authorities must not determine development applications on land that is subject to a precinct plan under State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 (Growth Centres SEPP) unless there is a section 7.11 contributions plan under section 7.18 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) in effect.||Date issued25 January 2019|
|TitlePS 19-001: Amendments to Local Infrastructure Contributions Practice Note||DescriptionThis circular is to advise councils of amendments to Local Infrastructure Contributions Practice Note to clarify when a development contributions plan may be adopted by a council.||Date issued21 January 2019|
|TitlePS 18-013: Delegation of plan making decisions||DescriptionThis circular replaces Planning Circular PS 16-005 and provides updates and advice in relation to delegations for the making of local environmental plans (LEPs).||Date issued14 December 2018|
|TitlePS 18-012: Independent reviews of plan making decisions||DescriptionThis circular replaces Planning Circular PS 16-004 and provides updates and advice in relation to changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act).||Date issued14 December 2018|
|TitlePS 18-011: Loose-fill asbestos insulation notations||DescriptionThis circular is to provide councils with guidance on section 10.7 planning certificate notations relating to loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation dwellings.||Date issued12 November 2018|
|TitlePS 18-010: Development adjacent to high pressure pipelines transporting dangerous goods||DescriptionThis circular advises councils and developers of the mandatory notification and assessment requirements for development near pipelines listed under clause 66C of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (known as the Infrastructure SEPP).||Date issued26 October 2018|
|TitlePS 18-009: State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 - Site Compatibility Certificates||DescriptionThis circular provides advice about the use of site compatibility certificates under State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 for community members, developers and local councils on the SCC application, assessment and subsequent development application processes.||Date issued2 October 2018|
|TitlePS 18-008: Amendments to Retail Land Use Definitions||DescriptionThis circular is to advise local councils and other relevant planning authorities, community, industry and practitioners of a number of retail land use definitions (new or revised) introduced into the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 and certain other environmental planning instruments. This version of the planning circular replaces the version published on 27 July 2018 which only advised on a revised definition of ‘garden centre’ and new definition of ‘artisan food and drink industry'.||Date issued31 August 2018|
|TitlePS 18-005: New guidance for centre-based child care facilities||DescriptionThis circular is to provide advice on State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017, the Child Care Planning Guideline, and development control plans. It also provides guidance on the new concurrence role of the NSW Department of Education in determining development applications for centre-based child care facilities.||Date issued31 August 2018|
|TitlePS 18-007: Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide for Development Applications||DescriptionThis circular provides guidance to councils, applicants and practitioners on how and where the Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide for Development Applications (DAs) applies.||Date issued11 July 2018|
|TitlePS 18-002: Assessment of Local Infrastructure Contributions Plans by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART)||DescriptionAssessment of Local Infrastructure Contributions Plans by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). The purpose of this circular is to assist councils understand IPART's role in the assessment of contributions plans as a result of changes to local infrastructure contributions and Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme arrangements.||Date issued29 January 2018|
|TitlePS 18-001: Stepping up planning and designing for better places: respecting and enhancing local character||DescriptionThis circular provides advice on how the NSW planning system will deliver development that both meets the growing needs of NSW and is contextual, local and of its place, to make better places for everyone.||Date issued16 January 2018|
|TitlePS 17-005: Conditions of consent for fibre-ready facilities and telecommunications infrastructure||DescriptionThe purpose of this circular is to advise local councils and other consent authorities that all development consents (unless exempted) should include conditions to ensure that modern telecommunications infrastructure is provided in respect of all premises to be constructed in developments.||Date issued17 November 2017|
|TitlePS 17-004: Regulating expansion of schools||DescriptionThis circular provides guidance to consent authorities and applicants on the application of certain conditions of consent that regulate the expansion of schools.||Date issued20 September 2017|
|TitlePS 17-003: Amendment to provisions for concept (formerly ‘staged’) development applications||DescriptionAmendment to provisions for concept (formerly 'staged') development applications.||Date issued19 September 2017|
|TitlePS 17-001: Using the Apartment Design Guide||DescriptionThis circular provides guidance on the application of the Apartment Design Guide (ADG) in the development assessment process under State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65).||Date issued29 June 2017|
|TitlePS 16-005: Delegation of plan making decisions||DescriptionThis circular replaces Planning Circular PS 12-006 and provides updates and advice in relation to delegations for the making of local environmental plans (LEPs).||Date issued30 August 2016|
Commencement of the NSW Planning Portal.
(Superseded) Standard Technical Requirements for Spatial Datasets and Maps (Version 1.0 dated 30 November 2015).
Standard Technical Requirements for Spatial Datasets and Maps (Version 2.0 - August 2017)
|Date issued6 November 2015|
|TitlePS 15-002: Design quality of residential apartment development - SEPP 65||DescriptionDesign Quality of Residential Apartment Development – SEPP 65.||Date issued19 June 2015|
|TitlePS 14-002: State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013||DescriptionState Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013.||Date issued10 October 2014|
|TitlePS 13-006: Changes to the assessment of development on bushfire prone land and bushfire prone land mapping in urban release areas||DescriptionEP&A Amendment (Bushfire Prone Land) Regulation 2014.||Date issued30 May 2014|
|TitlePS 13-002: Calculating the genuine estimated cost of development||DescriptionCalculating the genuine estimated cost of development.||Date issued14 March 2013|
|TitlePS 13-001: How to characterise development||DescriptionHow to characterise development.||Date issued21 February 2013|
|TitlePS 12-004: Development assessment on bush fire prone land section 79BA (section 4.14 of the current Act)||DescriptionDevelopment assessment on bush fire prone land – section 79BA (section 4.14 of the current Act).||Date issued6 June 2012|
|TitlePS 11-008: Planning and Assessment Guidelines for Hazardous Industry||DescriptionPlanning and Assessment Guidelines for Hazardous Industry.||Date issued23 February 2011|
|TitlePS 11-007: Voluntary Planning Agreements and Development Control Plans||DescriptionVoluntary Planning Agreements and Development Control Plans.||Date issued18 February 2011|
|TitlePS 11-004: Special Infrastructure Contribution - Western Sydney Growth Areas||DescriptionSpecial Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas.
Environmental Planning and Assessment (Special Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas) Determination 2011.
Environmental Planning and Assessment (Special Infrastructure Contribution – Western Sydney Growth Areas) Direction 2011.
|Date issued7 February 2011|
|TitlePS 11-001: Amendments to s149 planning certificates related to coastal matters||DescriptionAmendments to s149 planning certificates related to coastal matters.||Date issued24 January 2011|
|TitlePS 10-019: Illegal Camping||DescriptionIllegal Camping.||Date issued27 July 2010|
|TitlePS 10-014: Local Development Contributions||DescriptionLocal Development Contributions.||Date issued4 June 2010|
|TitlePS 10-008: New definition of capital investment value||DescriptionNew definition of capital investment value.||Date issued10 May 2010|
|TitlePS 10-010: Planning Certificates – Biobanking Agreements and Complying Development Exclusions||DescriptionPlanning Certificates – Biobanking Agreements and Complying Development Exclusions.||Date issued4 May 2010|
|TitlePS 10-006: Changes to landowner consent and notification requirements - Aboriginal Land||DescriptionChanges to landowner consent and notification requirements – Aboriginal Land Councils.||Date issued31 March 2010|
|TitlePS 09-031: Exempt and Complying Development Codes – asbestos amendment||DescriptionTo advise of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Asbestos) Regulation 2009 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Asbestos) 2009 (the Asbestos Amendments), which commence on 18 January 2010. The Asbestos Amendments impose new standards and requirements for anyone that removes or demolishes asbestos material in relation to complying or exempt development.||Date issued23 December 2009|
|TitlePS 09-019: Changes to section 149(2) planning certificates by the Contaminated Land Management Amendment Act 2008||DescriptionTo advise councils of changes to the requirements for section 149(2) (section 10.7 of the current Act) planning certificates in respect of contaminated land.||Date issued15 July 2009|
|TitlePS 08-016: Development near rail corridors and busy roads – interim guideline||DescriptionTo advise of the gazettal of the Interim guideline: Development near rail corridors and busy roads - for the purposes of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007.||Date issued22 December 2008|
|TitlePS 07-005: SEPP (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007||DescriptionThis circular is to advise mining, petroleum production and extractive industries, councils, developers and the community of the gazettal of a policy to regulate mining, petroleum production and extractive industries in NSW.||Date issued22 February 2007|
|TitlePS 07-003: New guideline and changes to section 117 direction and EP&A Regulation on flood prone land||DescriptionThis circular provides an overview of a new guideline to the Floodplain Development Manual and changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and section 117 Direction (section 9.1 of the current Act) on flood prone land.||Date issued31 January 2007|
|TitlePS 07-001 Consideration of draft SEPPs under section 79C of the EP&A Act (section 4.15 of the current Act)||DescriptionThis circular is to advise consent authorities that certain draft State environmental planning policies are no longer required to be taken into consideration when determining development applications.||Date issued11 January 2007|
|TitlePS 06-020: Changes to the application of section 94A of the EP&A Act – ministerial direction||DescriptionThis circular is to advise councils and the planning and development industry of recent changes affecting section 94A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (section 7.12 of the current Act).||Date issued6 December 2006|
|TitlePS 06-018: Approval to install relocatable and flat-pack homes outside a caravan park or manufactured home estate||DescriptionThe purpose of this circular is to clarify for councils, the housing industry and home buyers the different approval requirements for the installation of two common types of transportable home on land that is not part of a caravan park or manufactured home estate (MHE). It also clarifies which types of transportable homes require a BASIX Certificate and which do not.||Date issued3 October 2006|
|TitlePS 06-017: Performance monitoring of the planning system||DescriptionThis circular advises of the new system of data collection on planning and development matters to enable performance monitoring of the planning system by the department.||Date issued17 July 2006|
|Title||DescriptionThis circular provides guidance on the process for amending local environmental plans in accordance with section 73A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (section 3.22 of the current Act). Note: Currently under review.||Date issued12 July 2006|
|TitlePS 06-012: New transitional arrangements for Development Control Plans||DescriptionThis circular is to advise of an amendment to the transitional provisions applying to development control plan requirements, and to confirm previous advice on the implementation of these requirements.||Date issued5 May 2006|
|TitlePS 06-011: Changes to the public notice requirements for planning agreements||DescriptionThis circular provides advice on a change to the requirements for public notification of proposed planning agreements under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.||Date issued18 April 2006|
|TitlePS 06-008: Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006||DescriptionThis circular provides an overview of the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 and its implications for preparing local environmental plans.||Date issued03 April 2006|
|TitlePS 06-002: Inclusion of Property Vegetation Plans in planning certificates||DescriptionThis circular provides advice on changes to the requirements for planning certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.||Date issued10 January 2006|
|TitlePS 06-001: Regulation of camping density in primitive camping grounds||DescriptionThis circular provides further information on the Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005 in relation to the camping density provisions that apply to land used for primitive camping grounds. The Regulation commenced on 1 September 2005.||Date issued10 January 2006|
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