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Under Consideration

Changes to protect fuel pipelines


The department is proposing changes to planning rules for developments located close to High Pressure Dangerous Goods (HP DG) pipelines. The changes will strengthen measures to manage potential risks earlier in the planning process.

The proposed changes would apply to developments that increase the number of people in the area near pipelines, particularly sensitive uses such as aged care, childcare centres, and hospitals.

The Transport and Infrastructure SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport & Infrastructure) 2021) sets out the planning rules and controls for infrastructure in NSW, including fuel pipelines.

An explanation of intended effect (EIE) has been prepared to provide further details on the proposed changes and the benefits.


The proposed changes include:

  • Automatic notification through the NSW Planning Portal to the affected pipeline operator of development applications lodged near pipelines.  This is intended to better manage risk by involving pipeline operators early.
  • a ministerial direction to require planning authorities to consider risks associated with rezonings next to these pipelines; and
  • A new guideline to help councils and applicants consider risk when planning for developments located close to HP DG pipelines.

Have your say by 5pm, Wednesday 18 May 2022.

The Department welcomes your feedback on the proposed changes for development near high pressure dangerous goods pipelines.

Submissions must be made during the exhibition period, which runs for 5 weeks from 13 April to 18 May 2022.

Submissions will be publicly available on our website with personal contact details removed. If you do not want your submission publicly published, please clearly indicate by marking it ‘CONFIDENTIAL’.

Where possible, we encourage you to provide your feedback using the online submission form.

Written submissions must be addressed ON BOTH THE LETTER AND THE ENVELOPE to

Ms Jennifer Richardson
Director, Infrastructure Policy and Assessment Practice
Department of Planning and Environment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124

More information

For more information, please contact the project team on [email protected]

If you would like to speak with us in a language other than English, call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

Project Details

Notification start-end date
Exhibiting agency or agencies
Exhibition location

NSW Planning Portal