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Draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations

The NSW Government is delivering an unprecedented investment in infrastructure to keep our communities connected and our economy moving. We need to make sure that local infrastructure keeps up.

Our reforms ensure everyone who benefits chips in to provide the community with the infrastructure it needs.

To do this we need new modern approaches for a simple, efficient, certain, transparent, and consistent infrastructure contributions system.

What are we doing?

To implement the reforms, we are:

  • Amending the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) to establish the legislative framework for the reforms.
  • Amending the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) to include relevant detail of the changes; and
  • New and updated policy materials including Ministerial Directions and Practice Notes.

The EP&A Act and EP&A Regulation sets out the legal requirements for charging infrastructure contributions and how they are spent.

New legislation has been introduced to the NSW Parliament as part of the infrastructure contributions reforms to boost productivity, provide certainty for industry and support housing supply and affordability. The Bill once passed will amend the existing EP&A Act.

Find out more about the Bill on our infrastructure contributions legislation webpage.

Proposed amendments to the EP&A Regulation support the proposed amendments to the EP&A Act.

Our reforms will provide the foundations for a stronger infrastructure contributions system by matching infrastructure funding with infrastructure outcomes for new and growing communities.

Once the legislation is passed, the new infrastructure contributions system is expected to be implemented and in place by 1 July 2022.

Consultation and feedback

We have written an explanatory paper setting out the proposed changes to planning regulations. Please visit the planning portal to view the exhibition documents. The public exhibition has closed.