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State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)

State Environmental Plans (SEPPs) contain state-wide standard development provisions and cover:

  • most types of exempt and complying development,
  • requirements for energy and water efficient development,
  • provision of, and interaction with, infrastructure,
  • design quality of residential flat buildings, and
  • housing for seniors and people with disabilities.

A SEPP overrides or may modify the provisions of a Local Environmental Plan (LEP). 

SEPP's relevant to the Port Macquarie-Hastings area
SEPP 14 - Coastal Wetlands
SEPP 21 - Caravan Park
SEPP 26 - Littoral Rainforests
SEPP 30 - Intensive Agriculture
SEPP 33 - Hazardous and Offensive Development
SEPP 36 - Manufactured Home Estates 
SEPP 44 - Koala Habitat Protection
SEPP 50 - Canal Estate Development
SEPP 55 - Remediation of Land 
SEPP 62 - Sustainable Aquaculture
SEPP 64 - Advertising and Signage - Clause 33 allows some signage as exempt development.
SEPP No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development - Also refer to associated Apartment Design Guide
SEPP No  71 - Coastal Protection - Within our area this SEPP applies to the 'coastal zone' as shown on the  Coastal Zone Maps3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB)     
Design Quality of Residential Flat Development - Apartment Design Guide
Coastal Protection - Within our area this SEPP applies to the 'coastal zone' as shown on the  Coastal Zone Maps3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB)
Affordable Rental Housing 2009
Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) 2004
Exempt and Complying Development 2008  - Also known as the Codes SEPP which provides standard exempt and complying development provisions across the State covering:

Exempt Development (Part 2)

  • General Exempt Development Code
  • Advertising and Signage Exempt Development Code
  • Temporary Uses and Structures Exempt Development Code

Complying Development:

  • General Housing Code (Part 3) - subject to variations in Schedule 3 of the SEPP
  • Rural Housing Code (Part 3A)
  • Housing Alterations Code (Part 4)
  • General Development Code (Part 4A)
  • Commercial and Industrial Alterations Code (Part 5)
  • Commercial and Industrial (New Buildings and Additions) Code (Part 5A)
  • Subdivisions Code (Part 6)
  • Demolitions Code (Part 7)
  • Fire Safety Code (Part 8).

This SEPP covers the majority of exempt and complying development that is possible. Some additional types are listed in other SEPPs, and in Schedules 2 & 3 of the LEP.

Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability 2004
Infrastructure 2007
Also known as the Infrastructure SEPP which contains standard provisions relating to a wide range of infrastructure, including some relating to the impacts of private development on infrastructure - most particularly regarding traffic generating development. It allows for some infrastructure to be exempt development or complying development.
Major Development 2005 - Only applies to development which is still subject to the former Part 3A of the Act.
Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries 2007 - It allows for some exempt development and complying development.
(Miscellaneous Consent Provisions) 2007 - contains matters for consideration where temporary structures require consent.
Rural Lands 2008 - Clause 9 does not apply within the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.

State and Regional Development 2011

State significant development is listed as follows:

Schedule 1 - based on development type.
Schedule 2 - based on location (none within Port Macquarie-Hastings)

Types of state significant infrastructure are listed in Schedules 3 to 5.

State Significant Precincts 2005 - only applies to development which is still subject to the former Part 3A of the Act.

This page was last updated on: 28 July 2017