Environmental Law

State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPP)

SEPPs are prepared by the Government and can override Regional Environmental Plans (REPs) and Local Environmental Plans (LEPs). There are numerous SEPPs including:

  • SEPP 1: which allows a variation of development standards, such as restrictions as to the height of a building.
  • SEPP 33: which regulates hazardous and offensive development.
  • LEPs divide land into different zones and provide for the type of development that is allowed in each respective zone. It is possible for Council to rezone portions of land to allow certain developments to proceed. Appeals against Council decisions are taken to the Land and Environment Court.

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