Planning and Development in NSW is carried out under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
Both State and Local Government have roles and responsibilities under the EP&A Act to ensure that all built and natural environments are developed in appropriate and sustainable ways.
The Act provides for different levels of development regulation and guidance relating to State, Regional and Local issues through the following environmental planning instruments: State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPP's) Regional Environmental Plans, (REP's) Local Environmental Plans, (LEP's) Development Control Plans, (DCP's) State.
Regional and local environmental planning instruments indicate what level of assessment is required for development and who is responsible for assessing a development proposal.
For most types of building, subdivision and demolition work, a Development Application (DA) is required to be submitted to Council for approval before any work can commence.
In some cases the consent of Council may be required for the change of use of land or premises (eg when an existing shop is converted to a restaurant).
Contact with Council's Environmental Services Department (02) 6343 1212 in the early stages of planning work will assist you in understanding issues relating to the legislation.