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Development Control Plans (DCPs)

A Development Control Plan (DCP) is the key supporting document to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This plan provides detailed guidance for the design considerations, general standards and area-based provisions related to development.

Council now has a single DCP that applies to the Port-Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area, which is called the Port Macquarie-Hastings Development Control Plan 2013. This amendment to the DCP commenced on 17 June 2020 and further amendments were made in September 2020.

DCP 2013 provides information that should be taken into account when preparing a development application. Compliance with the provisions of DCP 2013 does not guarantee that development consent will be granted by Council. Prior to granting development consent for development, Council must be satisfied that the proposed development satisfies the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979,  the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and any relevant environmental planning instruments, including Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Environmental Plan 2011.

Community Participation Plan (CPP)

The CCP was adopted by Council on 20 November 2019 and became operational on 29 November 2019. The CPP replaces any previous community notification requirements for development within the DCP. Please refer to the CCP for Council’s community participation requirements for strategic land use planning and development application matters.

DCP Table of Contents

View the  COMPLETE COPY OF THE DCP50MB pdf(PDF, 50MB) or download by part from the table below.


  • A1: Development Control Plan 2013
  • A2: Purpose of Plan
  • A3: Commencement of Plan
  • A4: Land to which this Plan Applies
  • A5: Structure
  • A6: Definitions
  • A7 Relationship to other Plans and Policies
  • A8: Community Participation
  • A9: Amendment History


  • B1: Advertising and Signage
  • B2: Environmental Management
  • B3: Hazard Management
  • B4: Transport, Traffic Management, Access and Car Parking
  • B5: Social Impact Assessment and Crime Prevention


  • C1: Low Density Residential Development
  • C2: Residential Flat Development, Tourist and Visitor Accommodation, and Mixed Use Development
  • C3: Business and Commercial Development
  • C4: Industrial Development
  • C5: Subdivision


Variations to DCP Provisions

DCPs are intended to have a degree of flexibility and may be varied in some instances. Broadly it is expected that development proposals will comply with the relevant Objectives, and generally this can be achieved by satisfying the associated Development Provisions. However, Council may accept alternative ways of complying with the Objectives - ensure adequate information is submitted to demonstrate this. For more information on variations to the standards speak with Council’s Duty Planner.

Historic DCP Versions

The following version of DCP 2013 has been amended by DCP 2013 (Amendment No 13) and is provided below for reference purposes only. Please note that DCP 2011 (Part 5 - Area Based Provisions) has been repealed by Amendment No 13 and is also provided below for reference purposes.

This page was last updated on: 19 July 2021