Planning Reform To Provide Leg Up For Farmers


Proposed changes to the NSW planning system are set to make it easier for regional landholders to build sheds and carry out earthworks without the need for a development application (DA).

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure is inviting feedback on the changes to the complying development codes for rural earthworks and sheds to align the Rural Housing Code and the Inland Code.

The changes would remove the need for an application to be lodged for certain development types, clearing the path for critical housing and public infrastructure DAs to be assessed by councils faster.

There are currently inconsistencies between the Rural Housing Code, which operates in the 38 LGAs east of the Great Dividing Range, and the Inland Code, which applies to the 69 LGAs to the west. This includes different definitions and size controls for sheds based on whether they are on the coast or in the outback.

The proposed changes would create a shared set of rules so that all rural and regional LGAs are subject to the same provisions. Subject to specifications, the complying developments would include:

  • Hay, machinery, and shearing sheds.
  • Storage tanks and retaining walls.
  • Stormwater drainage works and rehabilitation of eroded or disturbed land areas.

The changes are on public exhibition from today until Friday, 14 June 2024 at 5pm.

Find out more on the NSW Planning Portal

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“We inherited a confused and confusing planning system, and this policy reform is the latest measure in a series of changes to correct inconsistencies and get things moving.

“The changes would provide consistency around the types of development farmers can carry out without needing to lodge a complex application and wait for a lengthy council assessment.

“We are committed to removing red tape and allowing councils to focus more on the assessment and delivery of key housing and infrastructure.

“I encourage everyone to have their say on this important reform.”

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