Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
Talk to us
The City of Sydney encourages proponents to discuss a potential change to the planning controls prior to formally lodging a request. We can provide advice about the proposed changes and what reports and studies will be needed with your lodgement.
Prepare your application
Review the NSW Planning, Industry and Environment’s guide to preparing planning proposals.
We’ve also prepared a checklist of studies and supporting information required.
To confirm the studies required, contact us.
Download and complete the form
Ensure that all fields in the form have been filled in correctly.
Lodge your application
A planning proposal must be lodged in person at Town Hall House customer service centre.
Make an appointment with the relevant planner who’ll confirm the time and date.
How planning controls are changed
Planning controls can be changed to achieve better social, environmental or economic outcomes from development.
Changes to the City’s controls can be initiated by the City, NSW Government or by a proponent lodging a request.
The proposed changes are documented in a planning proposal and may include a draft development control plan that is reported to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee for consideration.
Changes to the planning controls must give effect to strategic plans such as the Greater Sydney region plan, eastern city district plan and the City’s local strategic planning statement.
Planning proposal process
The planning proposal process is set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and guidelines published by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
The City of Sydney is largely responsible for progressing a planning proposal, but there are a number of steps along the way when the NSW Government needs to approve the planning proposal to move to the next step.
The steps below summarise the process. This process applies to all planning proposals made in NSW.
You can view the fees for requests for planning proposals (see page 6):
- minor applications – administrative changes or corrections
- major applications – all other requests for material changes to zoning and development standards.