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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, large developments, and buildings to infrastructure and public space.


Public exhibition of the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect closed in April 2021. All formal submissions have now been reviewed and we are pleased to share with you a summary analysis in the ‘What we heard – Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect Submissions Report’. The report includes a statement from Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, outlining the key changes that will be made to the policy, in response to what we’ve heard so far.


We are continuing to work closely with our stakeholders through a program of Policy Working Groups on key topics of interest identified through submissions to help inform the detailed development of the Design and Place SEPP. 


The draft Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback. We are developing supporting guidance and tools, drafts of which will also go on exhibition with the draft SEPP. These guides include revisions to the Apartment Design Guide and improvements to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX), as well as the proposed Urban Design Guide, and Design Review Guide.


Timeline infographic showcasing Desing and SEPP program



For more information on the Design and Place SEPP, see this brochure (PDF, 1.7MB), frequently asked questions (PDF, 59KB), SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect document or watch these webinars:

The Design and Place SEPP team explain the overall structure and approach to the SEPP and discuss the intended effects.

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Page last updated: 15/07/2021