NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Disaster recovery

Thousands of homes, businesses and communities across the state have been impacted by the recent devastating natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Government is making planning rules easier for people so they can rebuild and work with councils and state agencies to support the recovery.

Initiatives to facilitate rebuilding

A number of planning initiatives have been introduced to support families, businesses and communities across the state to rebuild and recover following natural disasters.

See below for further information, including on returning to your property, cleaning up and rebuilding your home.

Woman picking fruit on Belmore Road shops in Riverwood, South Sydney NSW.

The planning system currently provides options that may assist businesses to continue to operate where premises have been damaged by bushfires.

A builder works on a house under construction.

Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by natural disasters.

Communication tower near Cooma, NSW.

Information about approvals needed to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the natural disasters.

Farming landscape, Menangle, NSW.

The following information explains the exempt provisions for outbuildings in rural areas.

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Information for homeowners and businesses to understand what approvals may be required to rebuild.

Snowy river landscape. Photo by: DPIE/ Vanessa Allen

Certain demolition, repair works, and the use of storage containers will be allowed without council approval.

Homes in construction in residential area in Kellyville, North West Sydney, NSW.

Guidance for residents who want to construct a secondary dwelling while construction of the main house is underway.

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Changes have been made to assist in the provision of emergency accommodation.

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We’ve developed ‘Your guide to the Development Application process – Small housing development’, so the pathway to building your home can be faster and easier.

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Program helping under-resourced regional councils to assess more Development Applications quickly to increase the supply of new homes.

Flannel Flower Beach, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / James Still

The NSW Government is committed to future-proofing our planning system and helping our communities recover and rebuild from the impacts of natural disasters.