The NSW Government is committed to the ongoing improvement of the NSW planning system, to ensure it is easy to use and understand and promotes strategic planning and integrity.
As part of this commitment, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is reviewing the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the 2000 Regulation).
This review follows the 2018 changes to the 2000 Regulation’s parent Act, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). While the EP&A Act provides the overarching framework for the planning system in NSW, the 2000 Regulation supports the day–to–day requirements of this system.
This review gives us an opportunity to take a close look at the 2000 Regulation and remove any rules that are outdated or overly complex and make the system hard to use.
The Department exhibited an issues paper Review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (PDF, 542 KB) in 2017 which outlined the key operational provisions of the Regulation and sought:
Feedback received on the issues paper was considered and taken into account during the preparation of the draft Regulation.
Feedback received on the issues paper was considered and taken into account during the preparation of a new draft Regulation. The proposed EP&A Regulation 2021 is now on exhibition.
The 2000 Regulation contains key operational provisions for the NSW planning system, including those relating to:
The review of the 2000 Regulation presents an opportunity to build on the proposed changes to the EP&A Act and further improve the architecture of the planning system.
The objectives are to undertake a comprehensive review of the 2000 Regulation in order to:
For more information, email the project team.
Page last updated: 05/08/2021