Planning and development in New South Wales is extremely regulated and politically sensitive. Obtaining approval from the relevant authority is never an easy task. Everything needs to be approved even if you are not considering building anything but only wish to start a new business in an existing premises. Sometimes what should be approved is not approved or there are unacceptable conditions attached to an approval. Our thorough understanding of the NSW planning system helps our clients achieve their objectives in a timely manner.

We advise and assist our clients in relation to:

  • The operation of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), the act which instituted the system of planning and assessment in New South Wales.
  • Obtaining Development Approval and consent for demolition of buildings, subdivision of land, erection of buildings, carrying out works and use of premises.
  • State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPP’S), including those relating to:
    • Affordable Housing.
    • Coastal Management.
    • Manufactured Home Estates.
    • Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities.
    • Exempt and Complying Development Codes.
  • Local Environmental Plans (LEPP’s), including the gateway process for planning proposals.
  • Compliance with requirements for environmental impact assessments.
  • Certification, including:
    • Construction certificates.
    • Occupation certificates.
    • Building information certificates.
  • Disputes regarding contributions.
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising in relation to voluntary planning agreements with planning authorities.

We also represent clients in reviews and appeals of unfavourable determinations or decisions in the Land and Environment Court.

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