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The Design and Place SEPP will put place and design quality at the forefront of development. The SEPP is underpinned by our shared responsibility to care for Country and will support sustainability, resilience and green infrastructure. It spans considerations across scales, including precincts, neighbourhoods, buildings, infrastructure and public space.


The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon. Rob Stokes and NSW Government Architect, Abbie Galvin, recently discussed the opportunity of the Design and Place SEPP, you can watch a recording below.



The new SEPP will provide greater certainty and flexibility for development to achieve good design outcomes. The SEPP aims to reduce prescriptive measures and encourage innovation by establishing central principles for design and place. Our overriding goal is to promote the sustainable growth and resilience of regions, cities, suburbs and towns across NSW. Key to their success are quality environments that support the health and well-being of people, our ecosystems and Country.


Working in close consultation with state government, local councils, and industry peak bodies will ensure best practice is followed in developing the shared principles and identifying new guidelines. The work will require the review and potential transition of some existing SEPPs, design guides, frameworks and tools, including the Apartment Design Guide and BASIX tool.


An explanation of intended effects will be publicly exhibited in early 2021, and the final SEPP will be drafted following public exhibition in 2021.


To register your interest, please contact the Design and Place SEPP Team via email.


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Page last updated: 12/10/2020