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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.


Public exhibition of the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect is now closed. Formal submissions are now being reviewed and outcomes will be reported soon. During public exhibition we spoke with representatives from state government, local councils, industry peak bodies, designers, planners and communities through a series of structured workshops and the public webinar. 


We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders over the coming months as the Design and Place SEPP develops. 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, including revisions to the Apartment Design Guide and improvements to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX).


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: 04/05/2021