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The Department of Planning and Environment (Department) is committed to preserving our natural environment and creating great places to live, work and play for communities across New South Wales. This can only be achieved if the community is engaged in our planning functions at the earliest possible opportunity.


Community participation builds confidence in the planning system by:

  • providing the Department with access to community knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • creating a shared sense of purpose, direction and understanding of the need to manage growth and change.


We want to hear your feedback on our draft Community Participation Plan. It describes our approach to community engagement and sets out how and when the community can participate in the Department of Planning and Environment’s planning functions.


The draft Community Participation Plan

Exhibition for the draft community participation plan closed Wednesday 19 December 2018.

You can access the draft Community Participation Plan at the link below.


Read the draft Plan


Have your say

Submissions for our draft Community Participation Plan closed Wednesday 19 December 2018.


On November 5th we held a webinar to talk through the Department's draft Community Participation Plan and what the new requirement means for the NSW Planning Authorities. You can list to a recording of the webinar and view the slide presentation by following the link below.


Listen to the webinar

More information

The requirement for all NSW planning authorities, including local councils, to prepare a community participation plan by the end of 2019 was introduced as part of the 2018 updates to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Community participation plan's are a key measure to support the EP&A Act's objective of increasing opportunities for community participation in the planning system.


Common questions on the Department's Community Participation Plan and the implementation program are answered in the FAQs below.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other inquiries, please contact us.

Page last updated: 28/02/2019