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The Explanation of Intended Effect for proposed new rules for Site Compatibility Certificates – Seniors Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) was on exhibition from 10 November 2017 to 24 November 2017.

Development for seniors housing is permissible under State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 (Seniors SEPP), subject to meeting the requirements and in certain circumstances having a SCC.


A change has been proposed to the state policy governing housing for seniors and people with a disability about the use of SCCs. The proposed amendment addresses the practice of incremental expansion of land for seniors housing through Site Compatibility Certificates.


The amendment will clarify that:

  • a SCC cannot be issued for additional land, unless that land independently meets all the SCC criteria
  • a SCC cannot be amended to include additional land, unless the additional land meets the SCC criteria
  • a SCC can be reissued for a site to which the original SCC applied if that SCC is no longer current, but it cannot be extended to include additional land unless the additional land independently meets the SCC criteria.

It is proposed that this policy position will apply to all new applications for SCCs lodged from the start of the exhibition of the EIE.


Download the EIE document

Engagement is now closed and feedback is being considered.

For more information

Download the Frequently Asked Questions New rules for Site Compatibility Certificates – Seniors SEPP (PDF, 101 KB)


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Page last updated: 11/10/2018