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Simplifying and improving the planning policy framework

State and local planning legislation and policies set the rules that control what development can occur on your land.


State Environmental Planning Policies are instruments that address planning issues on a statewide level. This is different to a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) that addresses planning controls for a local government area.


The department regularly undertakes a review of State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) to deliver a modern planning system. This review process helps modernise, simplify and improve the effectiveness and usability of policies.


When examining existing policies, it is important to consider:

  • whether they are still relevant
  • the need to update and integrate into a new SEPP or elsewhere in the planning framework.

The review intends to remove policy and controls that are duplicated in strategies, regional plans and local environmental plans.


Below we have highlighted a number of policies that are either currently, or recently been, under review. Click on the tiles for more information.


Corridor Protection SEPP

The protection of major infrastructure corridors has been achieved through the making of the Corridor Protection State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Infrastructure Corridors) 2020 (SEPP).

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Design and Place SEPP

The Design and Place SEPP aims to reduce prescriptive measures and encourage innovation by establishing central principles for design and place.

Overlooking a square public water feature with a gathering of people in a park.

Draft Environment SEPP

The NSW government has been working towards developing a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the protection and management of our natural environment. These areas are important to communities in delivering opportunities for physical health, economic security and cultural identity. SEPP is now under consideration.

A view of the Sydney Opera House with a bottlebrush bush in the foreground.

Primary production and rural development

A new planning framework commenced on 28 February 2019 to further support primary production and rural development.

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Housekeeping amendments to the Codes SEPP

We’re continuously monitoring the Codes SEPP to ensure it is effectively reducing red tape, costs and delays for low impact exempt and complying development.
A completed house in a suburban street in a complying development neighbourhood. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Salty Dingo

Mining SEPP amendment

The Mining SEPP aims to manage and sustainably develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of the community.

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Penrith Lakes SEPP

Penrith Lakes is governed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Penrith Lakes Scheme) 1989, commonly known as the Penrith Lakes SEPP.
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Repeal of operational SEPPs

The repeal of operational SEPPs commenced on 1 February 2020. The change helps simplify and modernise the planning system by removing duplicated, redundant and outdated planning controls.

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Sydney Metro Northwest SRD SEPP amendment

An amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 is proposed for the development of government-owned land adjoining the Sydney Metro Northwest corridor.

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Three Ports SEPP amendments

Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW and Australian economy.
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