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Simplifying and improving the planning policy framework

State and local planning legislation and policies set the rules that control what development can occur on your land.


State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) apply across the state. Local  Environmental Plans (LEP) set planning rules for a particular  local government area.


The department regularly reviews SEPPs to ensure policies are up-to-date, effective and simple.


The department has consolidated planning policies to simplify and provide certainty to the system. Find out more about the new consolidated SEPPs.  


Below we have highlighted a number of policies that are either currently, or recently been, under review. Click on the tiles for more information.


Corridor Protection SEPP

The protection of major infrastructure corridors has been achieved through the making of the Corridor Protection State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Infrastructure Corridors) 2020 (SEPP).

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Consolidated State Environmental Planning Policies

The SEPPs are to be consolidated to align with the thematic framework and nine theme-based focus areas.

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Draft Environment SEPP

The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. These areas are important to communities in delivering opportunities for physical health, economic security and cultural identity. SEPP is now under consideration.

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Primary production and rural development

A new planning framework commenced on 28 February 2019 to further support primary production and rural development.

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Housekeeping amendments to the Codes SEPP

We’re continuously monitoring the Codes SEPP to ensure it is effectively reducing red tape, costs and delays for low impact exempt and complying development.
A completed house in a suburban street in a complying development neighbourhood. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Salty Dingo

Mining SEPP amendment

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

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Penrith Lakes Scheme

Penrith Lakes is governed by Chapter 5 Penrith Lakes Scheme of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts – Western Parkland City) 2021.

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Repeal of operational SEPPs

The repeal of operational SEPPs commenced on 1 February 2020. The change helps simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.

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Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

An amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 is proposed for the development of government-owned land adjoining the Sydney Metro Northwest corridor.

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Three Ports SEPP amendments

Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW and Australian economy.
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