Planning & Development Process
A guide for the planning and development process in the Parkes Shire.
Parkes Shire Council administers the various aspects of planning and development across the Parkes Shire.
Council strives to achieve high quality and sustainable development outcomes in our urban and rural areas, taking into account the social and economic welfare of our communities and the preservation of the physical environment.
The following information in this section is designed to guide you through the process of planning and development.
A hierarchy of legislation and environmental planning instruments govern the process.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA) provides for different levels of development regulation and guidance relating to State, Regional and Local issues through the following environmental planning instruments.
State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)
SEPP's provide both Local Government and developers with guidance with regard to 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.
Local Environmental Plans (LEPs)
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.
Development Control Plans (DCPs)
Specific standards are detailed in the Parkes Shire Development Control Plan 2013, to indicate to developers what level of detail is required with certain types of applications that are lodged with Council for approval, and what standards are applicable to certain developments.
Plans and strategies to guide the future planning of the region.
This section includes studies, plans, policies and other documentation carried out by Parkes Shire Council to control and guide the future planning and development of the region.
Parkes Shire Planning Instruments
Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012
The Parkes Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 is the primary instrument controlling what you can and cannot do on your land. It guides land use activities through zoning maps, land-use tables, overlays and special provisions. The LEP can be downloaded below:
The Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012 includes a number of maps that are identified below. All maps are available for download here.
- Land Application Map
- Land Zoning Map
- Lot Size Map
- Heritage Map
- Land Reservation Acquisition Map
- Groundwater Vulnerability Map
- Parkes Township Buffer Map)
- Terrestrial Biodiversity Map
- Watercourse Map
- Wetlands Map
In addition to the LEP Maps, the NSW Rural Fire Service Bushfire Prone Map is relevant to certain developments.
Parkes Shire Development Control Plan 2021
The purpose of the Development Control Plan (DCP) is to indicate to developers what level of detail is required with certain types of applications and what standards are sought with the design of certain developments. The DCP can be downloaded below:
Contributions plans enable Council to levy contributions where anticipated development will, or is likely to, impact on infrastructure, including roads, parks, water and sewer. The following contributions plans apply in the Parkes Shire.
For information on Council Developer Contributions and review the plans and policies go to the Developer Contribution section of the website.
Roads, Traffic and Access
The NSW Roads Act 1993 requires that prior to any private works being permitted on a public road it is necessary the approval of the relevant road authority; either the NSW Roads and Maritime Services for classified roads or the Council for local roads. The following permits apply for local roads:
Land Use and Heritage
The Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012 is based on the Parkes Shire Land Use Strategy 2011, which was developed in consultation with the community and ultimately adopted as policy by Council. The Parkes Shire Heritage Study 2006 also informs the Parkes Local Environmental Plan 2012. Copies of these background documents are provided below:
Further information about Heritage plans and policies relating to developments can be viewed in the Heritage in this section.
For further information about Development Controls, contact the Planning and Environment Department on 02 6861 2373.
Consent for your project may or may not be required.
Prior to the commencement of any earthworks, landscaping, or construction, check with Council to establish whether your project is an exempt or complying development, or a one that required a Development Application. For more information about these types of development, see the Types of Development section below
Parkes Shire Council also offers a free pre-lodgement advice service for proponents of developments within the Local Government Area. The pre-lodgement service allows advice to be given relating to a specific development proposal to ensure proponents are fully aware of the issues which need to be addressed prior to lodgement of a Development Application.
To make an appointment for pre-lodgement advice, contact the Planning Department on 02 6861 2373.
The term “development” applies to a broad range of activities.
Development is classified into different types relevant to their significance, impact and predictability.
Council approval may be required depending on whether your proposal is an exempt development, complying development or whether a development application is required.
Certain forms of low impact development do not need a planning or construction approval where pre-determined development standards are met. Exempt development typically covers small scale structures associated with a dwelling including pergolas, fences and rainwater tanks.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 determines whether your proposal satisfies the criteria for exempt development.
Complying Development refers to specific development types that have been identified as having minimal environmental impact but still require an approval. These developments must meet predetermined development standards and the Building Code of Australia.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 identifies the criteria for complying development.
Before lodging your application please carefully assess your plans against the Complying Development criteria listed in the State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs).
Another useful tool for identifying what approvals your proposed development requires, is the Electronic Housing Code online platform.
Any proposed development that is not Exempt Development or Complying Development must be submitted to Council as a Development Application (DA).
The minimum documentation required to accompany a DA is specified by Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.