State and local planning legislation and policies set the rules that control what development can occur on your land.
State Environmental Planning Policies are instruments that address planning issues on a statewide level. This is different to a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) that addresses planning controls for a local government area.
The department regularly undertakes a review of State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system. This review process helps modernise, simplify and improve the effectiveness and usability of policies.
When examining existing policies, it is important to consider:
The review intends to remove policy and controls that are duplicated in strategies, regional plans and local environmental plans.
Below we have highlighted a number of policies that are either currently, or recently been, under review. Click on the tiles for more information.
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).
The Design and Place SEPP aims to reduce prescriptive measures and encourage innovation by establishing central principles for design and place.
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.
The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.
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 The change helps simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.
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.