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Local Environmental Plan

What is a Local Environmental Plan?

A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document prepared by Council which guides land use and development in a Local Government Area (LGA).  The plan allows Council to manage the ways in which land may be used, by establishing land use zones and development controls that regulate what kind of development can happen.

LEPs consist of a written document and maps.  The Land Use Table in the written document outlines what type of development is permitted without consent, permitted with consent and prohibited.  Please note that State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) generally override LEPs and can allow other land uses which are not listed in the LEP Land Use Table.

Which Local Environmental Plan applies to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area?

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP 2011) currently applies to land in the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA.  LEP 2011 was made on 23 February 2011 and was prepared in accordance with the Standard Instrument - Principal Local Environmental Plan that applies across New South Wales.


How do I find the LEP document and mapping?

Both the LEP written document and maps can be viewed via the NSW Legislation website:

For more information on the planning layers and controls affecting a property, please visit the NSW Government's Planning Portal.

Recent LEP Amendments

There have been a number of amendments to the LEP since it was made in 2011. These changes have arisen not only from site-specific planning proposals (rezonings) and SEPP amendments, but also state-wide changes to the Standard Instrument on which LEP 2011 is based.

You can view the full LEP 2011 legislative history here.

How do I make an application to amend Council’s LEP?

The preparation and lodgement of a planning proposal is the first step in preparing an LEP or an amendment to Council’s LEP. 

For further information about the planning proposal process refer to the Planning Proposal page.


This page was last updated on: 29 January 2021