State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance. They are made by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning and may be exhibited in draft form for public comment before being published as a legal document.

This list is intended as a summary guide only. Please refer to the relevant policy for full details. Please note that the NSW legislation website at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au provides the text of State environmental planning policies and regional environmental plans, deemed SEPPs (formerly regional environmental plans, REPs).

For maps relating to the various policies that are not reproduced in the policy instrument, or further information, contact Service NSW on phone 13 77 88, email info@service.nsw.gov.au.

Note: this list is ordered numerically for numbered SEPPs and by date of publication for unnumbered SEPPs, with most recent policies appearing at the top.

Listing of State Policies

Last Updated 09-August-2016

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011

Published:

28.9.2011

Abstract:

The aims of this Policy are to identify development that is State significant development or State significant infrastructure and critical State significant infrastructure and to confer functions on joint regional planning panels to determine development applications.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011

Published:

21.1.2011

Abstract:

The aims of this Policy are to provide for healthy water catchments that will deliver high quality water while permitting development that is compatible with that goal. The Policy provides that a consent authority must not grant consent to a proposed development unless it is satisfied that the proposed development will have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality. The Policy also aims to support the maintenance or achievement of the water quality objectives for the Sydney drinking water catchment.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010

Published:

15.12.2010

Abstract:

The aims of this Policy are to establish the process for assessing and identifying sites as urban renewal precincts, to facilitate the orderly and economic development and redevelopment of sites in and around urban renewal precincts, and to facilitate delivery of the objectives of any applicable government State, regional or metropolitan strategies connected with the renewal of urban areas that are accessible by public transport.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009

Published:

31.07.09

Abstract:

Establishes a consistent planning regime for the provision of affordable rental housing. The policy provides incentives for new affordable rental housing, facilitates the retention of existing affordable rentals, and expands the role of not-for-profit providers. It also aims to support local centres by providing housing for workers close to places of work, and facilitate development of housing for the homeless and other disadvantaged people.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Parklands) 2009

Published:

06.03.09

Abstract:

The aim of the policy is to put in place planning controls that will enable the Western Sydney Parklands Trust to develop the Western Parklands into multi-use urban parkland for the region of western Sydney.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Parklands) 2009

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

Gazetted:

12.12.08; commences 27.02.09

Abstract:

Streamlines assessment processes for development that complies with specified development standards. The policy provides exempt and complying development codes that have State-wide application, identifying, in the General Exempt Development Code, types of development that are of minimal environmental impact that may be carried out without the need for development consent; and, in the General Housing Code, types of complying development that may be carried out in accordance with a complying development certificate as defined in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

Related:

Exempt development
Complying development

 

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Employment Area) 2009

Published:

31.08.09

Abstract:

Promotes economic development and the creation of employment in the Western Sydney Employment Area by providing for development, including major warehousing, distribution, freight transport, industrial, high technology and research facilities. The policy provides for coordinated planning, development and rezoning of land for employment or environmental conservation purposes.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Employment Area) 2009

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008

Published:

09.05.08

Abstract:

The aim of this policy is to facilitate the orderly and economic use and development of rural lands for rural and related purposes. The policy applies to local government areas that are not listed in clause 4

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Kosciuszko National Park—Alpine Resorts) 2007

Published:

21.12.07; commences 1.1.08

Abstract:

The aim of this policy is to strengthen the assessment framework for development within the alpine resorts and to reinforce environmentally sustainable development and recreational activities within these resorts. The Policy also facilitates the protection of the natural and cultural setting of the alpine resorts in Kosciuszko National Park

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Kosciuszko National Park—Alpine Resorts) 2007

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007

Gazetted:

21.12.07; commences 1.1.08

Abstract:

Provides a consistent planning regime for infrastructure and the provision of services across NSW, along with providing for consultation with relevant public authorities during the assessment process. The SEPP supports greater flexibility in the location of infrastructure and service facilities along with improved regulatory certainty and efficiency. More details about the SEPP, including a guide, are available here.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Miscellaneous Consent Provisions) 2007

Gazetted:

28.09.07; commences 26.10.07

Abstract:

Provides for the erection of temporary structures and the use of places of public entertainment while protecting public safety and local amenity. Note: This SEPP was formerly known as SEPP (Temporary Structures and Places of Public Entertainment) 2007 and SEPP (Temporary Structures) 2007.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Miscellaneous Consent Provisions) 2007

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy ;(Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007

Gazetted:

16.02.07

Abstract:

This Policy aims to provide for the proper management and development of mineral, petroleum and extractive material resources for the social and economic welfare of the State. The Policy establishes appropriate planning controls to encourage ecologically sustainable development.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006

Gazetted:

28.07.06

Abstract:

Provides for the coordinated release of land for residential, employment and other urban development in the North West and South West growth centres of the Sydney Region (in conjunction with Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation relating to precinct planning).

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006

Related:

Link to growthcentres.planning.nsw.gov.au

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005

Gazetted:

01.08.05

Abstract:

Defines certain developments that are major projects to be assessed under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and determined by the Minister for Planning. It also provides planning provisions for State significant sites. In addition, the SEPP identifies the council consent authority functions that may be carried out by joint regional planning panels (JRPPs) and classes of regional development to be determined by JRPPs. Note: this SEPP was formerly known as State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Projects) 2005.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004

Gazetted:

25.06.04

Abstract:

This SEPP operates in conjunction with Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) Regulation 2004 to ensure the effective introduction of BASIX in NSW. The SEPP ensures consistency in the implementation of BASIX throughout the State by overriding competing provisions in other environmental planning instruments and development control plans, and specifying that SEPP 1 does not apply in relation to any development standard arising under BASIX. The draft SEPP was exhibited together with draft Regulation amendment in 2004.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004

Related:

Link to BASIX website

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004

Gazetted:

31.03.04

Abstract:

Encourage the development of high quality accommodation for our ageing population and for people who have disabilities - housing that is in keeping with the local neighbourhood. Note the name of this policy was changed from SEPP (Seniors Living) 2004 to SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 effective 12.10.07

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 71—Coastal Protection

Gazetted:

01.11.02

Abstract:

The policy has been made under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to ensure that development in the NSW coastal zone is appropriate and suitably located, to ensure that there is a consistent and strategic approach to coastal planning and management and to ensure there is a clear development assessment framework for the coastal zone.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 71—Coastal Protection

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development

Gazetted:

26.07.02

Abstract:

Raises the design quality of residential apartment development across the state through the application of a series of design principles. Provides for the establishment of Design Review Panels to provide independent expert advice to councils on the merit of residential apartment development. The accompanying regulation requires the involvement of a qualified designer throughout the design, approval and construction stages

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 70—Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes)

Gazetted:

31.05.02

Abstract:

Extends the life of affordable housing provisions relating to: Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 26—City West, Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 1995, South Sydney Local Environmental Plan 1998. Schemes such as these are helping to provide affordable housing in areas undergoing significant redevelopment

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 70—Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes)

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 64—Advertising and Signage

Gazetted:

16.03.01

Abstract:

Aims to ensure that outdoor advertising is compatible with the desired amenity and visual character of an area, provides effective communication in suitable locations and is of high quality design and finish. The SEPP was amended in August 2007 to permit and regulate outdoor advertising in transport corridors (e.g. freeways, tollways and rail corridors). The amended SEPP also aims to ensure that public benefits may be derived from advertising along and adjacent to transport corridors. Transport Corridor Outdoor Advertising and Signage Guidelines (DOP July 2007) provides information on design criteria, road safety and public benefit requirements for SEPP 64 development applications

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 64—Advertising and Signage

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 62—Sustainable Aquaculture

Gazetted:

25.08.00

Abstract:

Encourages the sustainable expansion of the industry in NSW. The policy implements the regional strategies already developed by creating a simple approach to identity and categorise aquaculture development on the basis of its potential environmental impact. The SEPP also identifies aquaculture development as a designated development only where there are potential environmental risks

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 62—Sustainable Aquaculture

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 59—Central Western Sydney Regional Open Space and Residential (Repealed)

Gazetted:

19.02.99

Abstract:

Rezones and coordinates the planning and development of certain land in the central west of Sydney. The policy provides for residential development in suitable areas on a precinct-by-precinct basis to help accommodate Sydney's population growth. It also provides for optimal environmental and planning outcomes, including the conservation of areas of high biodiversity, heritage, scenic or cultural value, implementation of good urban design, and providing for the extraction of resources from existing quarries in an environmentally acceptable manner. Note. The title of this SEPP was amended by SEPP (Western Sydney Employment Area) 2009 published 21 August 2009.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 59—Central Western Sydney Regional Open Space and Residential

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 55—Remediation of Land

Gazetted:

28.08.98

Abstract:

Introduces state-wide planning controls for the remediation of contaminated land. The policy states that land must not be developed if it is unsuitable for a proposed use because it is contaminated. If the land is unsuitable, remediation must take place before the land is developed. The policy makes remediation permissible across the State, defines when consent is required, requires all remediation to comply with standards, ensures land is investigated if contamination is suspected, and requires councils to be notified of all remediation proposals. To assist councils and developers, the Department, in conjunction with the Environment Protection Authority, has prepared Managing Land Contamination: Planning Guidelines.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 55—Remediation of Land

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 52—Farm Dams and Other Works in Land and Water Management Plan Areas

Gazetted:

31.07.98

Abstract:

The Policy provides the thresholds to determine when consent is, or is not required for farm dams. The SEPP considers significant dams designated development. The policy also enables irrigation corporations to carry out maintenance and emergency works without development consent.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 52-Farm Dams and Other Works in Land and Water Management Plan Areas

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 15—Rural Land-Sharing Communities (Repealed)

Gazetted:

09.04.98

Abstract:

Makes multiple occupancy permissible, with council consent, in rural and non-urban zones, subject to a list of criteria in clause 9(1) of the policy. Multiple occupancy is defined as the collective management and sharing of unsubdivided land, facilities and resources. The policy encourages a community-based environmentally-sensitive approach to rural settlement, and enables the pooling of resources to develop opportunities for communal rural living. SEPP 15 Guide provides guidance to intending applicants.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 15—Rural Land-Sharing Communities

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 50—Canal Estate Development

Gazetted:

10.11.97

Abstract:

Bans new canal estates from the date of gazettal, to ensure coastal and aquatic environments are not affected by these developments

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 50—Canal Estates

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 47—Moore Park Showground

Gazetted:

17.11.95

Abstract:

Enables the redevelopment of the Moore Park Showground for film and television studios and film-related entertainment facilities in a manner that is consistent with the Showground's status as an area important to the State and for regional planning.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 47—Moore Park Showground

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 44—Koala Habitat Protection

Gazetted:

06.01.95

Abstract:

Encourages the conservation and management of natural vegetation areas that provide habitat for koalas to ensure permanent free-living populations will be maintained over their present range. The policy applies to 107 local government areas. Councils cannot approve development in an area affected by the policy without an investigation of core koala habitat. The policy provides the state-wide approach needed to enable appropriate development to continue, while ensuring there is ongoing protection of koalas and their habitat

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 44-Koala Habitat Protection

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 39—Spit Island Bird Habitat (Repealed)

Gazetted:

09.09.94

Abstract:

Enables a bird habitat at Spit Island at Towra Point, Kurnell to be created and protected without the need for development consent. Such work is still subject to Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The wading birds for which the nesting habitat is to be created are covered by international agreements. It is needed as the construction of the third runway at Sydney Airport substantially reduced the habitat for Little Terns, an endangered species, as well as several other species of migratory wading birds

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 39—Spit Island Bird Habitat

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 36—Manufactured Home Estates

Gazetted:

16.07.93

Abstract:

Helps establish well-designed and properly serviced manufactured home estates (MHEs) in suitable locations. Affordability and security of tenure for residents are important aspects. The policy applies to Gosford, Wyong and all local government areas outside the Sydney Region. To enable the immediate development of estates, the policy allows MHEs to be located on certain land where caravan parks are permitted. There are however, criteria that a proposal must satisfy before the council can approve development. The policy also permits, with consent, the subdivision of estates either by community title or by leases of up to 20 years. A section 117 direction issued in conjunction with the policy guides councils in preparing local environmental plans for MHEs, enabling them to be excluded from the policy

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 36-Manufactured Home Estates

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 21—Caravan Parks

Gazetted:

24.04.92

Abstract:

Ensures that where caravan parks or camping grounds are permitted under an environmental planning instrument, movable dwellings, as defined in the Local Government Act 1993, are also permitted. The specific kinds of movable dwellings allowed under the Local Government Act in caravan parks and camping grounds are subject to the provisions of the Caravan Parks Regulation. The policy ensures that development consent is required for new caravan parks and camping grounds and for additional long-term sites in existing caravan parks. It also enables, with the council's consent, long-term sites in caravan parks to be subdivided by leases of up to 20 years

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 21—Caravan Parks

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 33—Hazardous and Offensive Development

Gazetted:

13.03.92

Abstract:

Provides definitions for 'hazardous industry', 'hazardous storage establishment', 'offensive industry' and 'offensive storage establishment'. The definitions apply to all planning instruments, existing and future. The new definitions enable decisions to approve or refuse a development to be based on the merit of proposal. The consent authority must careful consider the specifics the case, the location and the way in which the proposed activity is to be carried out. The policy also requires specified matters to be considered for proposals that are 'potentially hazardous' or 'potentially offensive' as defined in the policy. For example, any application to carry out a potentially hazardous or potentially offensive development is to be advertised for public comment, and applications to carry out potentially hazardous development must be supported by a preliminary hazard analysis (PHA). The policy does not change the role of councils as consent authorities, land zoning, or the designated development provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 33—Hazardous and Offensive Development

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 32—Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land) (Repealed)

Gazetted:

15.11.91

Abstract:

States the Government's intention to ensure that urban consolidation objectives are met in all urban areas throughout the State. The policy focuses on the redevelopment of urban land that is no longer required for the purpose it is currently zoned or used, and encourages councils to pursue their own urban consolidation strategies to help implement the aims and objectives of the policy. Councils will continue to be responsible for the majority of rezonings. The policy sets out guidelines for the Minister to follow when considering whether to initiate a regional environmental plan (REP) to make particular sites available for consolidated urban redevelopment. Where a site is rezoned by an REP, the Minister will be the consent authority.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 32—Urban Consolidation (Redevelopment of Urban Land)

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 30—Intensive Agriculture

Gazetted:

08.12.89

Abstract:

Requires development consent for cattle feedlots having a capacity of 50 or more cattle or piggeries having a capacity of 200 or more pigs. The policy sets out information and public notification requirements to ensure there are effective planning control over this export-driven rural industry. The policy does not alter if, and where, such development is permitted, or the functions of the consent authority.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 30—Intensive Agriculture

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 29—Western Sydney Recreation Area (Repealed)

Gazetted:

20.10.89

Abstract:

Enables development to be carried out for recreational, sporting and cultural purposes within the Western Sydney Recreation Area, including the development of a recreation area of State significance.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 29—Western Sydney Recreation Area

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Kurnell Peninsula) 1989

Gazetted:

30.06.1989

Abstract:

The general aims and objectives of this Policy are to conserve the natural environment of the Kurnell Peninsula and ensure that development is managed having regard to the environmental, cultural and economic significance of the area to the nation, State, region and locality. To apply environmental performance criteria which will ensure that the environment is not adversely affected by development. To promote, encourage and facilitate opportunities for commercial, industrial and tourist development consistent with the conservation of the unique ecological and landscape attributes of the Kurnell Peninsula. To ensure that development is co-ordinated to allow the economic and efficient provision of public services and amenities having regard to the environment. To promote the sharing of responsibility for environmental planning on the Kurnell Peninsula between the Council, the Department of Planning, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, the Department of Industry and Investment and Sydney Water Corporation. To protect, enhance and utilise the tourism, leisure and recreation potential of the Kurnell Peninsula so far as it is consistent with the conservation of its ecological and heritage value.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Kurnell Peninsula) 1989

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 26—Littoral Rainforests

Gazetted:

05.02.88

Abstract:

Protects littoral rainforests, a distinct type of rainforest well suited to harsh salt-laden and drying coastal winds. The policy requires that the likely effects of proposed development be thoroughly considered in an environmental impact statement. The policy applies to 'core' areas of littoral rainforest as well as a 100 metre wide 'buffer' area surrounding these core areas, except for residential land and areas to which SEPP No. 14 - Coastal Wetlands applies. Eighteen local government areas with direct frontage to the Pacific Ocean are affected, from Tweed in the north to Eurobodalla in the south.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 26—Littoral Rainforests

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Penrith Lakes Scheme) 1989

Gazetted:

21.11.1986

Abstract:

The aims and objectives of this Policy are to permit the implementation of the Penrith Lakes Scheme. In particular the Policy aims to provide a development control process establishing environmental and technical matters which must be taken into account in implementing the Penrith Lakes Scheme in order to protect the environment, to identify and protect items of the environmental heritage, to identify land which may be rezoned for urban purposes, and to permit interim development in order to prevent the sterilization of land to which this Policy applies during implementation of the Penrith Lakes Scheme.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy (Penrith Lakes Scheme) 1989

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 19—Bushland in Urban Areas

Gazetted:

24.10.86

Abstract:

Protects and preserves bushland within certain urban areas, as part of the natural heritage or for recreational, educational and scientific purposes. The policy is designed to protect bushland in public open space zones and reservations, and to ensure that bush preservation is given a high priority when local environmental plans for urban development are prepared

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 19—Bushland in Urban Areas

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 14—Coastal Wetlands

Gazetted:

12.12.85

Abstract:

Ensures coastal wetlands are preserved and protected for environmental and economic reasons. The policy applies to local government areas outside the Sydney metropolitan area that front the Pacific Ocean. The policy identifies over 1300 wetlands of high natural value from Tweed Heads to Broken Bay and from Wollongong to Cape Howe. Land clearing, levee construction, drainage work or filling may only be carried out within these wetlands with the consent of the council and the agreement of the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment. Such development also requires an environmental impact statement to be lodged with a development application. The policy is continually reviewed. It has, for example, been amended to omit or include areas, clarify the definition of the land to which the policy applies and to allow minimal clearing along boundaries for fencing and surveying

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 14—Coastal Wetlands

Title:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 1—Development Standards

Gazetted:

17.10.80

Abstract:

Makes development standards more flexible. It allows councils to approve a development proposal that does not comply with a set standard where this can be shown to be unreasonable or unnecessary.

SEPP:

State Environmental Planning Policy No 1—Development Standards