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Shelter-in-place Guideline

The department is consulting on a draft Shelter-in-place Guideline so that, once finalised, there will be clear and consistent guidance for the community, councils and consent authorities about when shelter-in-place can be used as an alternative to evacuation off-site/out of the floodplain.

This guideline outlines considerations for council development control plans and development approvals.

The draft guideline is on exhibition for public comment until 14 February 2023. Your feedback to the exhibition will help inform the final guideline.

View the Guideline

More information

For more information on flood planning, visit our website.

If you have any queries, you can contact us at [email protected]


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  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

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More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal