NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Consolidated State Environmental Planning Policies

The SEPPs are to be consolidated to align with the thematic framework and nine theme-based focus areas.

The 45 existing State Environmental Planning Policies have been consolidated into 11 policies to make the system simpler. The new SEPP framework is based on focus areas and is outlined below:

Focus areas State Environmental Planning Policy
Housing Housing SEPP
Transport and Infrastructure Transport and Infrastructure SEPP
Primary Production  Primary Production SEPP
Biodiversity and Conservation  Biodiversity and Conservation SEPP
Resilience and Hazards Resilience and Hazards SEPP
Industry and Employment Industry and Employment SEPP
Resources and Energy Resources and Energy SEPP
Planning Systems

Planning Systems SEPP

Precincts SEPPs: Eastern Harbour City SEPP, Western Parkland City SEPP, Central River City SEPP and Regional SEPP

Codes SEPP

No changes have been made to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development, State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

What are the new consolidated SEPPs?

State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021 

The Planning systems SEPP:

  • identifies State or regionally significant development, State significant Infrastructure, and critical State significant infrastructure
  • provides for consideration of development delivery plans by local Aboriginal land councils in planning assessment
  • allows the Planning Secretary to elect to be the concurrence authority for certain development that requires concurrence under nominated State environmental planning policies.

Download the fact sheet on Planning Systems SEPP (PDF, 135 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation) 2021 

This SEPP contains:

  • planning rules and controls for the clearing of native vegetation in NSW on land zoned for urban and environmental purposes that is not linked to a development application
  • the land use planning and assessment framework for koala habitat
  • provisions which establish a consistent and co-ordinated approach to environmental planning and assessment along the River Murray
  • provisions seeking to protect and preserve bushland within public open space zones and reservations
  • provisions which aim to prohibit canal estate development
  • provisions to support the water quality objectives for the Sydney drinking water catchment
  • provisions to protect the environment of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River system
  • provisions to manage and improve environmental outcomes for Sydney Harbour and its tributaries
  • provisions to manage and promote integrated catchment management policies along the Georges River and its tributaries
  • provisions which seek to protect, conserve and manage the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes property.

Download the fact sheet on Biodiversity and Conservation SEPP (PDF, 141 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Resilience and Hazards) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions:

  • for land use planning within the coastal zone, in a manner consistent with the objects of the Coastal Management Act 2016
  • to manage hazardous and offensive development
  • which provides a state-wide planning framework for the remediation of contaminated land and to minimise the risk of harm.

Download the fact sheet on Resilience and Hazards SEPP (PDF, 130 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Resilience and Hazards) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions:

  • for infrastructure in NSW, such as hospitals, roads, railways, emergency services, water supply and electricity delivery
  • for child-care centres, schools, TAFEs and Universities
  • planning controls and reserves land for the protection of three corridors (North South Rail Line, South West Rail Link extension and Western Sydney Freight Line)
  • the land use planning and assessment framework for appropriate development at Port Kembla, Port Botany and Port of Newcastle.

Download the fact sheet on Transport and Infrastructure SEPP (PDF, 98 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Industry and Employment) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions:

  • applying to employment land in western Sydney
  • for advertising and signage in NSW.

Download the fact sheet on Industry and Employment SEPP (PDF, 129 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Industry and Employment) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Resources and Energy) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions:

  • for the assessment and development of mining, petroleum production and extractive material resource proposals in NSW
  • which aim to facilitate the development of extractive resources in proximity to the population of the Sydney Metropolitan Area by identifying land which contains extractive material of regional significance.

Download the fact sheet on Resources and Energy SEPP (PDF, 130 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Resources and Energy) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions:

  • to manage primary production and rural development including supporting sustainable agriculture
  • for the protection of prime agricultural land of state and regional significance as well as regionally significant mining and extractive resources.

Download the fact sheet on Primary Production SEPP (PDF, 95 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts – Eastern Harbour City) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions for precinct planning, which is a form of strategic planning applied to a specified geographic area. The precincts in this SEPP are located in the Eastern Harbour City. This city is based the strategic planning vision of the ‘three cities’ regions identified in the Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities.

Download the fact sheet on Precincts SEPP (PDF, 209 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Eastern Harbour City) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts – Central River City) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions for precinct planning, which is a form of strategic planning applied to a specified geographic area. The precincts in this SEPP are located in the Central River City. This city is based the strategic planning vision of the ‘three cities’ regions identified in the Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities.

Download the fact sheet on Precincts SEPP (PDF, 209 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Central River City) 2021.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts – Western Parkland City) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions for precinct planning, which is a form of strategic planning applied to a specified geographic area. The precincts in this SEPP are located in the Wester Parkland City. This city is based the strategic planning vision of the ‘three cities’ regions identified in the Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities.

Download the fact sheet on Precincts SEPP (PDF, 209 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Western Parkland City) 2021.

SEPP (Precincts – Regional) 2021

This SEPP contains planning provisions for precinct planning, which is a form of strategic planning applied to a specified geographic area. The precincts in this SEPP are located in Regional NSW outside the Greater Sydney Region Plan.

Download the fact sheet on Precincts SEPP (PDF, 209 KB).

View the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Regional) 2021.

When do the new consolidated SEPPs commence?

The consolidated SEPPs commenced on 1 March 2022. The one exception is the consolidated Housing SEPP which commenced on 26 November 2021.

 

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Page last updated: 18/10/2022