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Keeping our communities safe

Significant flood events, like those in Brisbane in 2011 and those more recently in NSW show the importance of managing flood risk up to and beyond the 1 in 100 chance per year flood and considering flood risks up to the probable maximum flood level. This will build resilience in communities located on floodplains and reduce the extent of property damage and potential loss of life from severe to extreme flooding throughout NSW.


The Department works closely with our colleagues in the Environment Energy and Science division, who manage and monitor our wetlands, rivers, floodplains, coasts and estuaries, as well as other agencies such as the NSW State Emergency Service who are the lead combat agency for flood, storm and tsunami events; Office of Emergency Management and Infrastructure NSW who lead the implementation of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy.


Updated guidance for councils

The Department has been working to update the Flood Prone Land Package which provides advice to councils on considering flooding in land use planning and consists of:

  • a proposed amendment to schedule 4, section 7A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
  • a revised planning circular
  • a revised local planning direction regarding flooding issued under section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • revised Local Environmental Plan flood clauses
  • a new guideline: Considering Flooding in Land Use Planning (2020).


The updated Flood Prone Land Package was on exhibition until 25 June 2020.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback, we will now review all submissions received.


All documents related to the proposed package are available on the Planning Portal.


If you have any queries, you can contact a Specialist Planning Officer - Floodplain Management at


Webinar series

To help you gain a better understanding of the updated package, in May 2020 the department held a number of webinars.


The webinars outlined the proposed changes from the existing to the proposed flood prone land package and provided an opportunity to ask a Specialist Planning Officer questions directly.


If you are interested in the NSW Flood Prone Land Package webinar, you can watch the webinar recording.


More information

You can find out more information about how we help manage flood risks in the following areas:


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Page last updated: 22/02/2021