Last updated: January 2013

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These Fact Sheets explain what local environmental plans (LEPs) and State environmental planning policies (SEPPs) are, and how they fit together within the NSW planning system. They include descriptions of how SEPPs and LEPs are made, how they regulate what types of developments can go where, and how people can engage in plan and policy making processes.

These Fact Sheets will be useful for anyone who wants to understand how the planning system in NSW works. 

Overview

Environmental Planning Instruments

Local Environmental Plans

Commenting on the draft LEP or planning proposal

State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)

Other planning documents