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A request to amend a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is known as a planning proposal.
A planning proposal explains the effect and justification for the proposed change.
The preparation of a planning proposal is the first step in amending a LEP.
Speak to a strategic planning officer about your planning proposal before lodging on the NSW Planning Portal.
A pre-lodgement meeting can help you to understand the process particularly if your property has not been identified in an existing Council or State Government Strategy for the amendment you propose.
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Planning proposals require planning expertise. We recommend using an external town planning consultant to help you prepare your planning proposal. Other specialist consultants may also be needed to provide technical input to the proposal.
Council officers will prepare a report to Council on the merits of the proposal. Council does not have to support all planning proposal applications.
A Council resolution to proceed with a planning proposal does not guarantee that the amendment will be made. If Council agrees to proceed with the planning proposal, it will be forwarded with or without changes to the Minister for Planning for a ‘gateway determination’.
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Go to the NSW Planning Portal and complete the online application for a Planning Proposal.
A checklist of documents required to submit a planning proposal can be found in the NSW Dept Planning Industry and Environment's Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals (Attachment 1). These documents must be uploaded to the Planning Portal with your application.
An officer will review the Planning Proposal to ensure it has sufficient information and documentation for Council to accept. If further information or clarification is required, the officer will contact the applicant.
An invoice for the cost of the review will be forwarded to the payee as nominated by the applicant for payment.
When the planning proposal has been reviewed and considered acceptable to progress to the assessment stage, a cost and expenses agreement and invoice will be forwarded to the payee.
Assessment of your application will commence when Council receives a signed cost and expenses agreement and payment of the fees.
How to register for a Planning Portal account
For assistance using the online service:
Visit the Department of Planning and Environment's website for guides on:
For Planning Proposal process fees see our Fees and Charges.