NSW Government’s Construct NSW strategy aims to restore consumer confidence by focusing on reform in 6 key areas of the building and construction industry. These include regulation, ratings, education, contracts, digital tools, and data and research. Led by the Office of the Building Commissioner (OBC), the changes will affect all building classes and stakeholders, including …
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While many recent changes to legislation in the construction and land development industries have sought to improve the economic effects of COVID-19, a significant amendment to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (NSW) (EPA Reg) has seen the barrier to ‘physical commencement’ heightened.
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The General Housing Code is replaced with a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear planning rules for complying development including one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions.
Experienced planning professionals will lead the panels, which will assess DAs that are sensitive in nature, or where there is a conflict of interest for council or developers.
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The NSW Government is making improvements to reinforce the building and certification system and up until 30th October 2018, you can have your say.
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The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has been deferred to allow for an independent review.
The Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 is a legislation that provides the framework for the use of land in New South Wales.
The introduction of the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code in July 2018 aimed to provide more liveable and affordable housing arrangements for growing families and empty nesters within existing neighbourhoods and streetscapes. It has currently been implemented across 82 council areas in NSW and there are plans for the remaining 45 to adopt …
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Canterbury LEP 2012 has just been amended (Amendment No 16). Clause 4.1C has been added to the LEP requiring minimum lot sizes and lot widths for Boarding Houses in its Residential Zones.
In line with NSW Government’s plan to deliver a final Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 by the end of the year, a draft will be open for public feedback until 16 October 2019. The Bill comes as a response to the April 2018 Building Confidence Report compiled by Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir. It …
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Currently, builders and tradies insured under the Home Building Compensation Fund (previously known as Home Owners Warranty) are subject to a capped amount of insurance they can purchase each year, restricting the number of projects that can be taken on.
A Review of Complying Development for Inland NSW’ sets out proposed changes to the State Environment Planning (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 will apply to all residential complying development for 83 local government areas west of the Great Dividing Range.
The Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) is examining opportunities to provide
greater housing choice and better design for medium density housing across NSW.
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Swimming pool owners have until the 29th of October 2013 to register their swimming pool, or a minimum fine of $220 (maximum $2,200) may be imposed.
A review of the NSW planning system has taken place. This has resulted in a new planning system for NSW.
The proposed changes to charge for BASIX Certificates put forward in November, 2010 to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000, will come into effect 1st July, 2011.
State Government in an aim to clear up grey areas and combat misuse of SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 have enforced the following changes
COVID-19 buys time on DA process
Developers and landowners can breathe a sigh of relief as NSW Parliament introduces new amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EPA Act) that aim to alleviate time pressures in the construction industry. The changes which came into effect on 14 May 2020 are part of a wider all-encompassing legislation that introduces emergency measures to help anticipate and/or recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For developers and landowners, there are 3 notable changes to the EPA Act:
- Existing Development Consents extended by 2 years
If a development consent or deferred commencement consent was issued before 25 March 2020 and did not lapse before or on 14 May 2020, it will be extended for a further 2 years from its original expiry date. This means that many development consents will now have a commencement period of 7 years. For development consents granted after 25 March 2020 and up until 25 March 2022, a minimum period of 5 years is now also applicable.
- Appeal Rights extended by 6 months
Any development application (DA) or modification that has been or will become subject to determination or refusal between 25 September 2019 and 25 March 2022 will have an additional 6 months from the determination or refusal to appeal it. This will give developers and landowners 12 months to revisit and resolve any issues with their DA application to increase the likelihood of its approval.
- Existing Use Rights extended by 2 years
Additionally, for the period between 25 March 2020 and 25 March 2022, an existing use right will only be considered abandoned after 3 years, an extension on the standard 12-month period.
How do these changes affect you?
The changes to the EPA Act should be a welcome financial relief for developers and landowners and with time now on your side, it’s important to weigh up your options, including making the decision to proceed with or appeal a development consent, or suspending your plans all together.