Planning Exemptions

Changes to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 have been introduced to allow the Minister for Planning to issue notices to exempt some planning requirements to respond to and recover from an emergency declared under the Emergency Management Act.

On 8 April 2020, a Notice of Exemption (the Notice) was issued in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Notice has been issued to provide specific guidance to both proponents and local government on a range of temporary exemptions for certain approvals and requirements within the local planning framework. These exemptions will remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency.

The exemptions remove any barriers within the planning system to ensure flexible and speedy responses to a changing crisis environment, support business and guarantee the provision of essential community services.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s (DPLH) dedicated State of Emergency – planning changes webpage provides:

  • An overview of the State of Emergency Planning Changes
  • The signed Notice of Exemption
  • An Explanatory Notes document to assist with interpretation of the Notice
  • Template letters for proponents (landowners, business operators, applicants) to use to notify potentially impacted neighbours
  • Frequently Asked Questions