Review of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000

Reference: Department of Planning and Environment. (2017, September 29). Review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.Department of Planning and Environment. Retrieved from

The Department has recently commenced a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation).

This review follows proposed changes to the Regulation’s parent Act, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).  While the EP&A Act provides the overarching framework for the planning system in NSW, the Regulation supports the day-to-day requirements of this system.

This review affords an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive look at the Regulation and remove any unnecessary complexities or outdated rules which make the system hard to use.

As a first step, the Department is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the current Regulation.

The Department has prepared an issues paper that outlines the key operational provisions of the Regulation and seeks:

  • Stakeholder views on known issues with the current Regulation
  • Stakeholder feedback to help identify other issues, including suggestions for updating and improving the function of key operational provisions and reducing unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens.

Have your say until 24 November 2017

The NSW Government welcomes your feedback on the EP&A Regulation Review issues paper. Feedback received in response to this issues paper will be used to inform the preparation of a draft regulation, which will be released for consultation in 2018.

To view the issues paper and submit your response, visit: