Rural weddings and events planning controls

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Council would like to take a more active approach to manage weddings and events in our rural areas.

During March and April 2018, Council ran a range of community engagement sessions and online platforms seeking your ideas and suggestions.  The information received was reported to Council at the meeting on 21 June 2018.  At that meeting Council resolved, with amendments, to request 'Gateway' (go ahead) for the planning proposal from the NSW Department of Planning.  After receiving 'gateway' , the planning proposal to regulate weddings and events on rural land was on exhibition from 7 November - 21 December 2018 with further Community workshops held in November.

Where are we at now?

A report was submitted to 20 June 2019 Planning meeting containing feedback on the planning proposal received during the 2018 exhibition period from agencies(PDF, 4MB) and the community.

After considering the report and submissions, Council resolved to request an amended 'Gateway' for the planning proposal to provide an approval mechanism for rural event sites in the RU2 Rural Landscape Zone and RU1 Primary Production zone. 

Next steps

The amended Planning Proposal will be progressed with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Keep in touch

Please contact Council’s Planner Isabelle Hawton on 02 6626 7267 or email if you have any further enquiries or you would like to receive email updates on this project.