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Luna Park located at Milsons Point, Sydney, has been a recreation and amusement attraction for Sydney residents and visitors since 1935. Many Sydney residents have strong associations with Luna Park and its landmark location on Sydney Harbour together with its recognisable character give it an iconic status.


Photo of Luna Park entrance, Sydney, New South Wales


Historically, rides and amusements have been moved in and out of and around Luna Park to cater for periods of increased patronage and to ensure the latest attractions are available to its visitors. The policy changes will allow these practices to continue. 

A simpler approval pathway

The NSW Government has introduced a simpler approval pathway for low impact rides and amusements at Luna Park. This has enabled the installation of new rides and amusements or the modification, replacement or relocation of rides and amusements at Luna Park as exempt or complying development.


These new pathways allow Luna Park to continue to function in a manner consistent with its historical operation. Noise, lighting, safety and heritage requirements will be maintained and specific provisions will be introduced to ensure there are no unreasonable impacts to neighbouring properties.


Listening to feedback

In response to this feedback from the community, additional changes have been made:

  • Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green. New rides and amusements on Lavender Green will require a development application.
  • A clause has been introduced requiring Luna Park to notify neighbours within 20 metres of the site if a ride is going to be installed, replaced, moved or modified through complying development.
  • Strobe lighting is not permitted as exempt or complying development. 
The changes provide a clear planning framework for Luna Park Sydney and allows the site to continue to function as it has since 2004.


How the pathways work: exempt and complying development

Exempt development has minimal impact and does not require development approval.


Complying development is a streamlined approval process for development that meets specific criteria. Complying development can be determined by a council or accredited certifier. When a proposed development is not exempt or able to be approved as complying development, a Development Application (DA) is required to be lodged to the appropriate consent authority.


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For more information

Director, Planning Frameworks
Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39
NSW 2001


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Page last updated: 05/11/2019