We assess and regulate projects – including those for the state’s most significant infrastructure – to balance the needs of the NSW community, environment and economy. Learn more about the development assessment process and planning policy.
The process for assessing and deciding developments and how they relate to your proposal.
Planning approval pathways
There are 9 different planning approval pathways in NSW. The size and scale of the development will determine which of the assessment pathways is appropriate.
State significant projects
The department has an important role in assessing and determining proposals for major development in NSW.