NSW Planning Portal

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Planning Portal

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Council Details Page

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Mapping Services

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What’s available on the Planning Portal

The NSW Planning Portal is a website managed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to provide public access to information, online services and guidance materials on the NSW planning system. The Portal has been designed to address the needs of NSW councils, industry professionals and the general community, saving everyone time in finding the planning information or services they need.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT

AUG2016
 
  • Updated Alerts: subscribe to receive alerts for a specific council or a number of councils.
SEP2016
 
  • Introduction of the 'Exhibition Details' page.
  • Find a Publication section includes spatial data and maps.

What’s available on the Property Details page

The Property Details page allows you to search by address or Lot/Plan/Section for information about the planning controls affecting a property.  The Property Details page:

  • Shows all current state and local planning controls for a selected property, including State Environmental Planning Policies and Local Environment Plans,
  • Lists the planning rules and building requirements affecting a property, with links for convenient access to the relevant documents,
  • Includes an advanced proximity search feature to find planning controls within a set radius from your selected property, and
  • Lists the relevant council contact information for further information and assistance with your query.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT

JUL2016
 
  • Introduction of the Property Details Report: print or save planning information for your property.
SEP2016
 
  • Introduction of the Draft Planning Proposals portlet.
  • Introduction of the Video portlet.

What’s available on the Council Details Page

The Council Details page shows all the planning information relevant to your Local Government Area (LGA).  The Council Details page:

  • Shows all current local and state environmental planning instruments and policies for the LGA, and
  • Contains up-to-date statistics on area population and council development performance.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT

SEP2016
 
  • Introduction of the Draft Planning Proposals portlet.
  • Introduction of the Video portlet.
DEC2016
 
  • Introduction of the District Plans accordion.

What’s available in Mapping Services

Planning maps are now available through an interactive map service referred to as the Planning Viewer.  No special software is required, as the Planning Viewer is designed to work within your browser (Chrome, Mozilla and IE are recommended).  You can search and investigate planning information seamlessly from state down to the individual property level, and save or share the results of your search.  The Planning Viewer:

  • Includes address and an advanced property search facility to take you quickly to an area or property of interest,
  • Displays the results of your search in an interactive map showing the planning rules, key building controls and specific development constraints affecting a particular property, and
  • Includes a range of tools to customise and filter the planning information displayed in the map, or share the map with others via a saved bookmark.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT

AUG2016
 

What’s available in Open Data

Commonly used planning spatial datasets are available for public use under open access licenses via the Portal.  The spatial data viewed in the planning portal can be accessed as either a web map service (WMS) or downloaded as an ESRI shape file.  More planning spatial data will be added to the WMS and spatial download page as they become available.  Use the Open Data page to:

  • Access commonly used planning datasets (land zoning, height of building, floor space ratio, minimum lot size and heritage) directly through your proprietary or open source GIS or CADD software via the OGC-compliant WMS, and
  • Download state and local planning spatial datasets in ESRI shape file format from the spatial data download page for use offline.

What’s available in Online Lodgement

Councils and other planning bodies are required to provide maps and spatial datasets to the Department as part of the plan-making process. They are also required to provide copies of development control plans and contributions plans to the Department once they have been adopted by council.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT

JAN2017
 
  • Online lodgement of Complying Development Certificate applications and Development Applications.
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When does a build or renovation need planning approval?

Many types of home renovations and minor building projects don't need approval from a Council or accredited certifier. This is called exempt development. As long as the building project meets specific standards and land requirements no planning or building approval is needed.

Renovator’s Checklist

We’ve put together this checklist of some of the things you may need to consider when planning renovations.

Granny flat

Do I need approval to build a granny flat?

A granny flat, or secondary dwelling, is self-contained accommodation within, attached or separate to an individual home. A Council or accredited certifier can certify granny flats as complying development  without the need for a development application, provided they meet the specific development standards.

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Do I need a BASIX certificate?

Before lodging a development application for most types of residential development you’ll need a BASIX certificate.

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When do I need to tell my neighbours about a new build or renovation?

Once your complying development certificate has been issued, you, as the owner must notify neighbours prior to any work commencing.

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How long will my development application take?

The Local Development Performance Monitor provides comprehensive statistics on a broad range of indicators relevant to development applications and certificates of complying development in NSW

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Can I track my development application online with council?

An increasingly large number of councils in NSW provide facilities for you to track development applications online.

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Where can I see the development control plan that applies to my area?

A Development Control Plan provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and is prepared and adopted by councils.

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Where can I subscribe to alerts for planning proposals and major development?

The Department of Planning and Environment provides alerts when standard instrument local environmental plans (LEPs) are amended and major developments are lodged. You can receive alerts through RSS, email and Twitter.

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Where can I find out what development constraints apply to a property?

Find a Property allows you to find out what development constraints apply to your land or property. The information is displayed on an easy to use map to help you quickly navigate the planning controls that apply to individual land parcels

Looking for spatial datasets?

The Department of Planning and Environment makes key planning spatial datasets available for public use under open access licenses. These datasets can be accessed as either a web map service or downloaded as a shape file.

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Where can I view the location of all development applications in a particular area?

Many councils provide online facilities for tracking development applications within their Local Government Area. Not only can you track your own applications but also those in close proximity to your home.

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Where can I find out how long councils might take to process a development application?

Reporting provides comprehensive statistics on a range of indicators including time taken by councils to process applications

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Where can I subscribe to alerts for planning proposals and major development?

The Department of Planning and Environment provides alerts when standard instrument local environmental plans (LEPs) are amended and major developments are lodged. You can receive alerts through RSS, email and Twitter.

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When does a development application require an Environmental Impact Assessment?

If your application is likely to have a significant impact on the environment you'll need an Environment Impact Assessment.

Where can I see development applications currently being assessed by my Council?

An increasingly large number of councils in NSW provide facilities for you to track development applications online. Not only can you track your own applications but also those in close proximity to your home.

What planning assessment systems exist in NSW?

For all developments an environmental assessment of the impacts of the development is needed. The level of assessment varies according to the size, scale and location of the development. There are nine development assessment and approval systems in NSW.

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Where can I see applications currently on exhibition with the Department?

When important planning and development decisions are to be made the Department of Planning and Environment makes information available and invites people and communities to have their say within a certain timeframe

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How can I see draft plans and policies on exhibition with the Department?

We encourage you to have your say on the policies and plans which guide planning in NSW, as well as major development proposals which the Department is assessing.

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Where can I see key proposals and projects the Department is involved with?

The Department of Planning and Environment has an important role in assessing and determining proposals for major State significant developments. Some of the key ones can be found here.

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Where can I subscribe to alerts for planning proposals and major development?

The Department of Planning and Environment provides alerts when standard instrument local environmental plans (LEPs) are amended and major developments are lodged. You can receive alerts through RSS, email and Twitter.

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What kind of work can I do without requiring approval?

The Interactive Building tool provides access to interactive models of residential, commercial and industrial buildings which allow you to establish what changes you can make to a property without the need for any further planning or building approvals.

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How do I lodge a fast track (complying) development application through my Council?

An increasing number of councils in NSW enable you to determine whether your building or renovation requires a complying development certificate or is exempt development through the Electronic Housing Code website.

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What development constraints apply to my property?

Find a Property allows you to enter your property address to find out what development constraints specifically apply to your property or land.