NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Remediation of Land SEPP

Public comment on an explanation of intended effect for a new Remediation of Land SEPP and draft planning guidelines has now closed.

To view submissions that were received during the public exhibition which ran from 31 January to 13 April 2018 visit the submissions page.

The department is in the process of identifying and considering issues identified in the submissions received.

Proposed new SEPP

For almost 20 years the State Environmental Planning Policy for the Remediation of Land, SEPP 55, and Contaminated Land Planning Guidelines, have provided the planning framework for the management of contaminated land in NSW.

The new SEPP is part of a review program by the NSW Government.

It is proposed the new land remediation SEPP will:

  • provide a state-wide planning framework for the remediation of land
  • maintain the objectives and reinforce those aspects of the existing framework that have worked well
  • require planning authorities to consider the potential for land to be contaminated when determining development applications and rezoning land
  • clearly list the remediation works that require development consent
  • introduce certification and operational requirements for remediation works that can be undertaken without development consent.

It is also proposed that it will transfer the requirements to consider contamination when rezoning land to a direction under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Next steps

The department will shortly identify the next steps in the consultation and plan making process which will include further consultation with stakeholders. Please continue to monitor this page for further details.

More information

For more information on the proposed new Remediation of Land SEPP:

Page last updated: 01/02/2023