Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011 is a legal planning document consisting of legislation and maps that guide development and land-use decisions within our local government area (LGA). We use the state-approved LEP to manage land use zones and development controls so we can regulate development and maintain a viable region. 

The Land Use Table outlines what type of development is permitted without consent, permitted with consent and prohibited.  State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) generally override LEPs and can allow, in some circumstances, other land uses which are not listed in the Land Use Table.

If you’re building or developing, it’s important to look through the LEP and get a better understanding of local zoning and land-use rules.

Port Macquarie Hastings Local Environmental Plan 2011 - legislation
Port Macquarie Hastings Local Environmental Plan 2011 - maps

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

Heritage advice

To protect the heritage of our area, the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Environmental Plan (LEP) has a dedicated section on environmental and heritage conservation. You can start your research by looking at schedule 5 of the LEP. Our region has archaeological significance and the precincts can be found on the map. 

You’re also welcome to call to arrange a meeting with our nominated heritage advisor on 6581 8111 before applying for development consent.