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Draft Coastal Design Guidelines

The department is updating the NSW Coastal Design Guidelines (the Guidelines) to ensure that the NSW coastline is protected and remains a spectacular natural resource and place of cultural significance. 

The draft 2022 Coastal Design Guidelines will guide planning and decision-making to protect the coastline and ensure better-designed homes and places.

They will guide decisions on:

  • Requests for changes to planning rules in coastal communities (planning proposals)
  • Appropriate design for homes and building
  • Managing growing coastal communities.

A renewed focus on connecting and collaborating with Aboriginal communities is central to the Guidelines to ensure that land use planning and design begins with respect for Country and Aboriginal heritage.

The draft Guidelines were exhibited for public comment from 29 July to 9 September 2022.

We will now review feedback to the exhibition, which will help inform the final Coastal Design Guidelines.

More information about the Guidelines is available on the planning website.

Supporting Documents


  • 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.

Consultation period


More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPE