Planning Controls

1. Overview

Developments undertaken in the Parkes Shire are determined by a series of state and local planning legislation, policies, strategies and controls.

These policies are guided by The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA). The EPA provides development regulation and guidance relating to State, Regional and Local issues through various environmental planning instruments. 

2. State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)

State Environment Planning Policies have been developed by the NSW Government to provide Councils and developers with guidance regarding issues and developments that are of State importance. Certain land in the Parkes Shire and some development proposals will be subject to the provisions in a SEPP.

To find out the standards that your proposed development will need to meet, you'll need to look these up in the State Environment Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

3. Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012

The Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012 is the primary legal planning instrument controlling development in the Parkes Shire. It controls land-use activities through zoning maps, land-use tables, overlays and special provisions.

Maps contained in The Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012 are available for download here.

4. Development Control Plan 2021

The Parkes Shire Development Control Plan 2021 provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls set out in the Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012. The Development Control Plan contains various maps, appendices and parts that developers are required to refer to depending on the proposed development type.

Download a complete copy of the Developer Control Plan (DCP) 2021

5. Developer Contributions

Development contributions are required by those carrying out developments approved under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. They go toward providing or improving amenities or services or recovering infrastructure costs and facilitates provided by Council to meet future development demands. The public facilities identified in Council’s Contribution Plans include the acquisition and embellishment of open space, urban roads and car parking.

Parkes Shire Section 94 Contributions Plan 2016

Parkes Shire Section 94A Contributions Plan 2016

As part of the administration of the above plans, applicants of Development Applications & Complying Development Certificates must complete a Cost Estimate Guide(PDF, 83KB) and submit an application.

6. Roads, Traffic and Access

The NSW Roads Act 1993 requires that before any private works are permitted on a public road, the relevant road authority must provide appropriate approval. Parkes Shire Council is the consent authority for all unclassified roads and many classified roads. The Roads and Maritime Service is responsible for giving concurrence or consent on classified roads.

The following permits apply for local roads:

A Section 138 Permit Application

Parkes Shire Footway Restaurants and Footpath Obstruction Policy 2007