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We are bringing planning processes up to date and making them easier. The new Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) is part of a broader review of all our SEPPs and aims to simplify and consolidate how to deliver good design in NSW.


The Design and Place SEPP puts place and design quality at the forefront of development. Our shared responsibility to care for Country and sustain healthy, thriving communities underpins the policy. The SEPP spans places of all scales, from precincts, significant developments, and buildings to infrastructure and public space.

Submissions are now open for the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE). Follow the link below and share with us your views on the design of places in NSW:


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The public exhibition will allow us to work closely with state government, local councils, industry peak bodies and communities. This process will inform the development of the Design and Place SEPP and safeguard our shared values for future development in NSW. We will draft the policy in 2021, following the review of the formal submissions and feedback. Submissions are open from now until 31 March 2021.


You are invited to register to attend the Design and Place SEPP webinar on March 3.


The final Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback. We will also develop supporting guidance and tools alongside the policy. These include a revision to the Apartment Design Guide, improvements to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) tool and the development of a new Public Space and Urban Design Guide.



For more information on the Design and Place SEPP, see this brochure (PDF, 1.7MB), frequently asked questions (PDF, 44KB), SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect document or watch our video:

Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and NSW Government Architect Abbie Galvin introduced the Design and Place SEPP in June 2020.  

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Page last updated: 01/03/2021