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Community Guide to Planning

Making it easier to understand, navigate and participate in the NSW Planning System

The NSW Government is committed to reducing complexity and providing clarity for the community as they navigate the NSW planning system.

The department has developed the Community Guide to Planning – offering clear, detailed and easy to follow information, including who does the planning, how it works and how the community can get involved.

If you want to know more about how parks, libraries and other community facilities are planned for, find out what the rules are before you build a shed, a deck or start a renovation, or understand how to have your say on the future of your area, read the Community Guide to Planning (PDF, 5.4 MB).

The Community Guide to Planning in NSW responds to the Kaldas Review of Decision-Making in the NSW Planning System’s recommendations that planning should be easier to understand with simpler language and materials and a user-friendly plain English guide for the NSW planning system.