NSW State Government information

Updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

The NSW Government updated the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) in 2018. The updated Act commenced on the 1 March 2018, but given the scope of amendments, a staged approach is being used by the NSW Planning Department to introduce the full set of changes to allow for transition to the new Act.

Regulations supporting the commencement of the changes to the Act provide ‘that a reference to an old section is a reference to a new section’ as per the New Act Sections Guide.  References to old sections of the Act within our documents and forms are being removed.

For more information on the amendments visit the Department of Planning’s website.

NSW Government Legislation

This is the official NSW Government website for online publication of legislation and is provided and maintained by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office.


Department of Planning

NSW Government Planning and Environment

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NSW Planning Portal

NSW Government Planning Portal

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North Coast Regional Plan