The NSW Government has introduced a suite of reforms to deliver a better planning system for NSW, accelerate the delivery of projects, create jobs, and keep the economy moving.
The complying development pathway offers the potential for streamlined planning for straight forward developments. This means projects that meet strict construction and building standards may be approved faster by council or an accredited certifier.
The purpose of the complying development reforms is to:
The reforms are intended to support greater innovation by better tailoring assessment processes, reducing project delays, and making it easier to navigate the planning system.
The NSW Government is building a faster, simpler planning system to support the State’s economic recovery.
We’re making it easier for businesses to build back better by allowing them to do more work without the need for a development application as long as they meet the criteria.
We’ve made it easier for businesses to operate and innovate.
As long as businesses meet the rules, they can extend their trading hours, set up a click and collect bay in the car park, or change their business altogether.
Changes to the complying development pathway allow businesses to:
We have prepared a design guide for businesses on complying development in business zones:
A Business Zone Design Guide to support the design verification process.
In 2022 we will be expanding the complying development code with changes to support new data centres and community recycling centres; and simplified local planning rules. These changes will be developed with stakeholders in the new year.
We are working on additional guidance material to help business take advantage of the new rules to be released in 2022.
We exhibited the changes to the Codes SEPP from 31 March until 9 May 2021.
To view the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) on the proposed complying development changes to employment lands visit the planning portal.
You can find out more about what we heard and how we responded to feedback by reading the Submissions Report Summary.
For more information about the program, please email the team.
Improved land use and business agility may be delivered through streamlined complying development pathways to deliver employment-generating activity sooner.
We have identified that changes to the Codes SEPP would allow a streamlined assessment process for industrial and commercial development.
The Neighbourhood Centres program provides guidance to businesses, communities and councils about how neighbourhood centres can be activated and improved using exempt and complying development planning pathways.
A streamlined approval for data centres will help stimulate investment and deliver employment generating development faster.