NSW Department of Planning and Environment


Shelter-in-place Guideline

The department is consulting on a draft shelter-in-place guideline so that, once finalised, there will be clear and consistent guidance for the community, councils and consent authorities about when shelter-in-place can be used as an alternative to evacuation off-site/out of the floodplain.

The draft guideline is on exhibition for public comment until 14 February 2023. Your feedback to the exhibition will help inform the final guideline.

View the guideline and have your say

Evacuation is the preferred response to flooding emergencies but is not always possible in all locations, especially during flash flooding.

Evacuation constraints are a critical issue for many development applications, planning proposals and state-led rezonings.

This guideline outlines considerations for council development control plans and development approvals.

More information

If you have any queries, you can contact resilience.planning@planning.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 17/01/2023