Skip to main content


Under Consideration

Changes to landscape rehydration infrastructure planning rules


Infrastructure SEPP amendments

The Infrastructure SEPP sets out the planning rules and controls for infrastructure in NSW.

The department regularly reviews and updates the Infrastructure SEPP to make sure the planning rules support improvements to infrastructure in NSW.  

As part of these ongoing improvements, the NSW Government has proposed changes to allow farmers to restore streams on their property through landscape rehydration techniques, without the need for council approval.

This proposed changes to the ISEPP will:

  • define landscape rehydration infrastructure in relation to the ISEPP
  • provide a consistent planning regime for the development and delivery of landscape rehydration infrastructure
  • identify appropriate zones where landscape rehydration infrastructure may be located.

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

View the explanation of intended effect (EIE)

A Landscape Rehydration Guide will be on exhibition at the same time as the EIE. 

The purpose of the guide is to:

  • explain the planning and approval requirements for landscape rehydration infrastructure
  • set out the information requirements for the environmental assessment documentation commonly referred to as a review of environmental factors (REF) that is needed to accompany a controlled activity application or a Crown Lands license application.

View the Landscape Rehydration Guide

Have your say by 28 February 2022

The department welcomes your feedback on the proposed changes to the Infrastructure SEPP and the Landscape Rehydration Guide.

Submissions must be made during the exhibition period, which closes on 28 February 2022.

We strongly 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
Planning & Assessment
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124

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’.

More information:

For more information on the proposed changes, please contact the policy team: [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 then 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