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Sydney and Regional Planning Panels

Sydney District and Regional Planning Panels (Planning Panels) are independent bodies that strengthen decision making on regionally significant development applications and other planning matters including certain planning proposals and Aboriginal land planning. 

There are five Sydney District Planning Panels and four Regional Planning Panels across NSW. Each panel is an independent body that is not subject to the direction of the Minister for Planning.

For certain matters, the Sydney District and Regional Planning Panels hold  public meetings.  Procedures for holding public meetings had changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Public meetings can now be held wholly or partly by video link, audio visual link or other electronic means.   

Any person is welcome to listen to a public meeting held by a Planning Panel. If you wish to address the panel, or listen to a panel meeting, you must register by contacting the Planning Panels Secretariat for instructions to join the meeting.

Please call 02 8217 2060 or email [email protected]

Changes have been made to how Sydney and Regional Planning Panels Operate. See here  for more details.

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Councils are required to submit regionally significant applications for determination by the relevant Planning Panel.

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Meeting details

Review the details of upcoming meetings across all Sydney and Regional Planning Panels.

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About Planning Panels

Find out more about individual Sydney and Regional Planning Panels, what sort of development applications are assessed and how planning proposals are reviewed.

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Find a comprehensive list of Planning Circulars and advisory notes, Policies and procedures, templates and forms for councils and reports and guides

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Pilot Program for Councils

Find information about the Pilot Program for Councils and how we are working to reduce assessment timeframes.

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