We have made it easier for farmers to use their land for agritourism to complement their existing agricultural businesses. This includes farm experiences, cellar doors, cafés, retreats, roadside stalls, fruit picking, hosting small weddings and other activities.
Planning reforms were introduced in December 2022 and have now been expanded to more areas across the state.
The agritourism planning rules:
- help landowners add value to their existing agricultural operations and encourage the next generation to farm the land
- help make farms more resilient to the economic impacts of natural disasters and other unexpected events
- support sustainable tourism, giving people more reasons to visit regional and rural NSW.
Find out more about the new rules in the Setting up an agritourism business – A guide to planning approvals (PDF 4.7 MB).
Agritourism businesses already lawfully operating are not affected by the reforms.
This video features the unique stories of three farms and the tourism activities they intend to set up thanks to changes to agritourism planning rules.