New Housing Codes Commence

12 Jul, 2018

On 6 July 2018 the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) was amended to include the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (MDH Code) and the Greenfield Housing Code (GH Code). Consequential amendments were also made to the Environmental Planning…

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NSW Government one step closer to regulating Airbnb

3 Jul, 2018

The State Government has taken the first step towards regulating the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry and the practice of short-term holiday letting in New South Wales (NSW) by introducing the  Fair Trading Amendment (Short-Term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 (Bill).

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Proposal to modernise retail premises land use definitions

1 May, 2018

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (‘DPE‘) is calling for submissions on its proposed amendments to the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 (‘Standard Instrument‘).  The amendments proposed the  introduction of new definitions for retail uses of land.

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Hypothetical proceedings no excuse for non-compliance with a notice

18 Apr, 2018

The Land and Environment Court (‘Court‘) recently considered whether the Environment Protection Authority (‘EPA‘) should be required to provide an undertaking that any information provided by a Company’s Director and Managers (‘Applicants‘) in response to a notice to answer questions…

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State Government Expands Complying Development

6 Apr, 2018

During 2017 the State Government proposed 2 new codes to expand the range of development which could be carried out as complying development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) . The amendments to the…

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EPA Act Amendments – An update on building information certificates

19 Mar, 2018

We previously blogged on the amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (Act), and some confusion surrounding the postponement of revised building and subdivision certification provisions. The NSW Government has now amended the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Savings, Transitional…

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Update – Further extension for the commencement of new Biodiversity Laws

6 Mar, 2018

On 23 February 2018, the Biodiversity Conservation (Savings and Transitional) Amendment Regulation 2018 (Amending Regulation) was released. The Amending Regulation extends the application of the pre 25 August 2017 provisions (‘former provisions’) of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘) relating…

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