Councils and other planning bodies are required to provide maps and spatial datasets to the Department as part of the plan-making process. They are also required to provide copies of Development Control Plans (DCP) and Contributions Plans (CP), once they have been adopted by council for publication on the NSW Planning Portal.
Requirements for planning data
The Department has developed standard technical requirements for spatial datasets and maps contained within environmental planning instruments and other plans such as Development Control Plans and Contributions Plans. These requirements took effect on 30 November 2015. Councils need to prepare spatial data and maps as per the specified standards and submit to the department at draft and final stages.
Submitting information to the Department
To submit datasets or publications to the Department, councils and other consent authorities are to use the Online Submission of Planning Data functionality available through the NSW Planning Portal.
Once uploaded, the system automatically checks the data against a number of the Standard Technical requirements. If any issues are identified, the Department will contact the relevant council or other consent authority, who is responsible for ensuring that any necessary amendments to the data are made.