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Development rules (LEP, DCPs etc.)

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Exempt or complying development

Common minor works such as fences, air conditioners, swimming pools etc. often do not require council approval if they meet certain guidelines. See if your work is exempt or complying development.

Development rules

For all development that is not exempt or complying, the rules are contained in the documents below. Start with the Woollahra Local Environment Plan (LEP) and then determine which development control plans (DCPs) and codes apply. In some cases a state environmental planning policy (SEPP) or a regional environmental plan (REP) will also apply.

Woollahra development rules (SEPPs, REP, LEPs and DCPs)

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs)

Woollahra LEP 1995

Woollahra LEP 1995 written instrument

Map of Woollahra Municipality

The LEP sets out the land use zones and broad development controls including specifications for height, floor space ratio, special sites and areas, heritage conservation areas and heritage items. The LEP is legally binding and applies to the whole municipality.

Be sure to determine which Development Control Plans (DCPs) and codes are relevant to your development, as these should be used in addition to the LEP.

Note: Woollahra LEP 1995 does not apply to land at Strickland House, Vaucluse. Woollahra LEP No.27 (15 January 1988, as amended) applies to that land.

Download LEP (PDF, 1 MB)

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Woollahra LEP 1995 land use (zoning) map

Woollahra LEP land use (zoning) map

The land use map indicates the zone in which a property lies. Zones include residential, business, special use for schools, roads, hospitals, and open space and parks zoning.

Part 2 of the LEP describes the development rules that will affect what you can and cannot do within each zone.

Download Map (PDF, 2.9 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 Land Use Map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP 1995 height map

Woollahra LEP height map

The height map displays the height requirements for each lot in the municipality. The maximum height is 9.5m with some exceptions as shown on the map.

Download Map (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 Height Map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP 1995 density map

Woollahra LEP density map

The density map defines how much of the land you can develop on for a given property. This is defined by floor space ratio (FSR)—the ratio of the gross floor area of the building to the land—and the minimum allotment size required for development on that land.

Download Map (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 Density Map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP 1995 heritage conservation map

Woollahra LEP heritage conservation map

The heritage conservation map indicates which land is in a heritage conservation area, and land on which heritage items are located. Development on this land is subject to additional requirements.

Download Map (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 Heritage Map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP 1995 foreshore building lines map

Woollahra LEP foreshore map

The foreshore building lines map indicates the distance you can build from the mean high water mark. This is typically either 12m or 30m depending upon location.

Download Map (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 foreshore building lines map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP 1995 acid sulphate soils map

Woollahra LEP acid sulphate soils map

There are some areas within the municipality where the soil has been contaminated and is very acidic. Where this is the case, special permission is required to do any development below ground level in these areas.

Download Map (PDF, 2 MB)

Important note: This Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 1995 Acid Sulfate Soils Map is a digital representation of the original gazetted LEP map located at Woollahra Council Chambers. A planning certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details applying to a property.


Woollahra LEP No. 27 - applying to Strickland House, Vaucluse

Woollahra LEP No. 27 (15 January 1988, as amended) applies to the land at Strickland House, Vaucluse. Under WLEP No. 27 the site is zoned Special Uses 5(a) (Hospital) and is identified as a heritage item.

Download LEP (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Download Map Extracts (PDF)

Woollahra LEP 2014

Woollahra LEP 2014 has been approved by the Minister for Planning and was published on the NSW Legislation website on 23 January 2015.

However, the new LEP will not commence until 23 May 2015 when it will replace Woollahra LEP 1995 and Woollahra LEP No. 27.

Woollahra LEP 2014 contains two parts – a written instrument and a series of maps:

  • Written instrument
    The written instrument comprises land use tables and a series of clauses that regulate development throughout the local government area (LGA).
  • Maps
    The first map is the Land Application Map which establishes where the LEP applies. It includes all land in the LGA. For the remaining maps, the LGA has been divided up into a series of map 'tiles'. Each tile relates to the same geographical area.

Draft LEPs / Planning Proposals

Planning proposals on exhibition

Planning proposal for 83 and 83A Yarranabbe Road, Darling Point
Submissions closed: 4:30pm, Friday 8 May 2015

Previous planning proposals

Planning proposal for 240-246 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (Thane Building)
Submissions closed: 28 July 2014

Planning proposal for 529-539 Glenmore Road, Edgecliff

Development Control Plans (DCPs)

Woollahra Residential DCP 2003

Map showing land DCP applies toThis DCP supplements the provisions of Woollahra LEP 1995, and covers such topics as neighbourhood character and environmental impact.

It is applicable to all residential AND business zones with the exception of land covered by the Double Bay Centre DCP, the Rose Bay Centre DCP; or land within the Paddington, Woollahra and Watsons Bay Heritage Conservation Areas.

Download DCP (PDF, 2.7 MB)

Note: The previous version of this DCP (PDF, 3.6 MB), which included amendments 1, 2, 3 and 5, still applies to some applications submitted before 12 September 2012. This is due to savings and transitional provisions which can be seen in clause 1.7.1 of the current version.

Exempt and Complying Development DCP 2005

Minor and small scale development often does not require development assessment by Council. This type of development is identified as exempt or complying development.

Both the NSW Government and Council have standards for exempt development. The NSW Government's standards are set out in the State Codes SEPP. Council's standards are set out in the Exempt and Complying Development DCP.

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Double Bay Centre DCP

Map showing land DCP applies toOur vision for Double Bay is a vibrant centre that offers a unique living, working and shopping experience within a pedestrian friendly and attractive urban environment.

This DCP provides detailed controls for the future development of the Double Bay Centre, which serves the daily needs of a sizeable catchment of the harbourside eastern suburbs.

In June 2011 controls were amended to facilitate development for a new supermarket and increased public car parking on land known as Kiaora Lands. For a history of the public exhibitions, see:

Download DCP (PDF, 8.9 MB)

Supporting document for this DCP:
Double Bay Public Domain Improvements Plan (PDF, 9.5 MB)

Edgecliff Commercial Centre DCP

Map showing land DCP applies toThe Edgecliff Commercial Centre DCP provides detailed provisions for height, siting, aesthetic appearance, landscaping and conservation of buildings and works.

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Paddington Heritage Conservation Area DCP 2008

Map showing land DCP applies toPaddington is a unique urban area which possesses historical, aesthetic, technical and social significance at national and state levels.

This DCP provides guidelines and detailed controls which seek to protect the character of Paddington and encourage contemporary design which responds appropriately to that character. The plan covers public and private lands and applies to residential buildings, commercial buildings, shops and other types of non-residential buildings.

Download DCP (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Rose Bay Centre DCP

Map showing land DCP applies toRose Bay is a unique local centre, which enjoys a privileged position adjacent Sydney Harbour at the foot of the South Head peninsula. The consistent scale of buildings, and distinctive landscape quality evoke an appealing urban village character.

This DCP is applicable to all development and redevelopment work on private land in the Rose Bay Centre. The accompanying Rose Bay Public Domain Improvements Plan is relevant to works in the public domain, and includes details of street tree planting, footpaths, street furniture, and vehicular and pedestrian crossings.

Download DCP (PDF, 3 MB)

Supporting documents for this DCP:
Rose Bay Public Domain Improvements Plan (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Rose Bay Centre Urban Design Study (PDF, 4 MB)

Watsons Bay Heritage Conservation Area DCP

Map showing land DCP applies toWatsons Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. The dramatic coastlines, spectacular views and a varied landscape make it an impressive gateway to Sydney Harbour.

This DCP provides principles for development in the public domain and guidance for those areas administered by government agencies such as the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Roads and Maritime Services, and HMAS Watson.

Download DCP (PDF, 7.7 MB)

Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area DCP

Map showing land DCP applies toThe Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) is a place of outstanding local heritage significance. The special character of the HCA derives from its unique historic background and the expression of this background in its interrelationship of buildings, their settings, landscaping and open spaces, topography and land uses.

This DCP provides detailed controls for development within the HCA.

Download DCP (PDF, 4 MB)

Access DCP

This DCP provides guidelines for development that address accessibility for people with disabilities, parents with prams and older people with declining sensory capacity or mobility. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Advertising and Notification DCP

This DCP establishes a communication process for Council, applicants and the community in regard to development applications and applications to modify development consents, and sets down the advertising and notification requirements for applications for certain identified types of development.

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Child Care Centres DCP

Our Children's Services Strategy developed in August 2005 identified a shortfall in local child care places. This DCP was created as a result and addresses the construction, use and operation of child care centres. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Educational Establishments DCP

This DCP provides planning controls that deal with a range of matters relating to the use and expansion of educational establishments.

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Contaminated Land DCP 2010

When carrying out certain planning functions, Council is required by legislation to consider whether a previous land use has caused contamination on the site.

To supplement these statutory requirements, the NSW Government recommend that Council adopt its own policy for managing land contamination.

This plan applies to all land within the municipality. It provides a local context for decision making and assist applicants understand the complex statutory requirements relating to contaminated land.

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Neighbourhood Centres DCP

This DCP applies to 11 neighbourhood commercial centres within the municipality. It contains precinct controls for each of the commercial centres and general controls which apply across the 11 centres.

The DCP was prepared in conjunction with Woollahra LEP 1995 (Amendment No.60), which was gazetted on 28 November 2008. Amendment No.60 contains various changes to Woollahra LEP 1995, including floor space incentives for nominated corner sites, changes to floor space ratios and height controls for nominated sites and allowance for restaurants as permissible uses on land zoned Neighbourhood Business 3(c). Woollahra LEP 1995, as amended, should be read in conjunction with this DCP.

The DCP contains savings and transitional provisions which will apply to applications lodged but not determined by 4 February 2009 - the DCP's commencement date.

Download DCP (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Parking DCP

This DCP aims to ensure adequate provision of parking and servicing needs for occupants and users including visitors, employees and deliveries. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Site Waste Minimisation and Management 2010 (Waste Not DCP)

This DCP aims to facilitate sustainable waste management in a manner consistent with the principles of ESD. It requires a Site Waste Minimisation and Management Plan to be provided in relation to DAs and/or CCs regarding waste minimisation and management during the demolition, construction and operational phases of a development. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Woollahra Telecommunications and Radiocommunications DCP

This DCP addresses the siting, design and installation of telecommunications and radiocommunications facilities. Applies to the whole municipality.

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DCPs applying to specific properties

Part of 13 Albert Street, Edgecliff DCP
This DCP applies to part of 13 Albert Street, Edgecliff, which is known as Monte Oliveto. The DCP seeks to ensure that development on the site is compatible with the character and build form of the locality and strengths the integrity of the Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area. Innovative design for infill development is encouraged.

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Babworth House DCP
Babworth House is located at 103 Darling Point Road, Darling Point. The house is one of the largest and most intact examples of an early 20th century grand house in Australia in the Federation Arts and Crafts style. The house and its grounds have national heritage significance. The DCP sets out planning principles, character statements and design criteria for the site.

Download DCP (PDF, 1.9 MB)


Bishopscourt DCP
This DCP applies to the building known as Bishopscourt and its gardens and landscape setting located at 11 Greenoaks Avenue, Darling Point. The plan also applies to land which previously formed part of the Bishopscourt site and is now known as 17-21 Greenoaks Avenue (Lot 100 DP 1111820). The plan seeks to provide controls to conserve Bishopscourt and its setting and ensure that new development is in harmony with the design, scale form and character of Bishopscourt and its setting.

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9 Cooper Park Road, Bellevue Hill DCP
This DCP applies to the former Bellevue Hill Bowling Club site. The plan supplements the Residential DCP by providing additional site-specific requirements and controls for development.

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9A Cooper Park Road, Bellevue Hill DCP
This DCP applies to land at 9A Cooper Park Road, (Lot 101, DP 827011). This land was previously part of the former Bellevue Hill Bowling Club site. The plan supplements the Residential DCP by providing additional site-specific requirements and controls to guide the design and location of future development on the land. In particular, it seeks to address the amenity of adjoining properties through the thoughtful distribution of built form across the site, and well-considered building design and landscaping.

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Hawthornden DCP
Hawthornden is a heritage listed property located at 6-12 Roslyndale Avenue, Woollahra. The DCP describes the cultural significance of Hawthornden and its setting, provides a conservation policy for the site, sets out specific development controls, and identifies requirements for development applications affecting the site.

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Kilmory DCP
Kilmory is the last of Point Piper's grand estates. Located at 6 Wentworth Street, the Arts and Crafts style house and its site have exceptional local heritage significance. The DCP sets out the existing and desired future character elements, planning and conservation principles and design criteria.

Download DCP (PDF, 1.3 MB)


188 Oxford Street, Paddington and Part Lot 1 DP 215537 DCP
This DCP applies to the former Royal Hospital for Women site and land on the corner of Brodie and Oxford Streets, Paddington. The DCP was prepared to provide conservation and planning controls for redevelopment of the lands for residential, commercial, retail and public open space purposes. The DCP contains built form guidelines, architectural standards, heritage standards and landscape standards.

Download DCP (PDF, 1.4 MB)


118 Wallis Street, Woollahra DCP
118 Wallis Street, a heritage listed property, was initially a private residence known as Brougham and later a child welfare home called Brougham Hostel. The DCP seeks to conserve the house and its landscaped setting, including significant trees, and to provide controls for development on the site.

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White City DCP
Map showing land DCP applies to This DCP applies to the land at 30 Alma Street, Paddington, 71-83 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, and land below the eastern suburbs railway viaduct, which comprised the former White City Tennis Complex. The DCP contains a character statement for the site, planning principles, design criteria and heritage conservation policy statements.

Download DCP (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Woollahra DCP 2015

Woollahra DCP 2015 was approved by Council on 27 April 2015 and will commence on 23 May 2015.
The new consolidated DCP will apply to the whole LGA, replacing all existing DCPs and repealing these three codes.

Draft DCPs

DCPs currently on exhibition

There are currently no DCPs on exhibition.

Codes

Woollahra DCP 2015

Woollahra DCP 2015 was approved by Council on 27 April 2015 and will commence on 23 May 2015.
The new consolidated DCP will apply to the whole LGA, replacing all existing DCPs and repealing these three codes.

Code for advertising signs

This document provides guidelines for the erection and display of advertising signs by shopkeepers, commercial operators and the advertising industry. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Guidelines for the Provision of Foreshore Open Space and Access

The purpose of these Development Control Guidelines is to state the means by which the Council intends to implement its foreshore objectives.

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Private Stormwater Code

This document explains the requirements for the disposal of private stormwater for single dwelling houses and other developments. Applies to the whole municipality.

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Contributions and levies

Woollahra Section 94, Section 94A Contributions Plans

Contributions plans allow funds to be raised from approved development applications and complying development applications. The funds are used for the intended provision, extension or augmentation of public facilities, or towards recouping the cost of facilities that have been provided, extended or augmented. Applies to the whole municipality.

Woollahra Section 94 Contributions Plan 2002

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Woollahra Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2011

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Reductions in Section 94A levy

State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Regional Environmental Plan (REP)

Sydney REP (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005

Map showing land REP applies toThe plan aims to establish a balance between promoting a prosperous working harbour, maintaining a healthy and sustainable waterway environment and promoting recreational access to the foreshore and waterways.

The Foreshores and Waterways Area Boundary Map (PDF) from the Department of Planning indicates land to which this plan applies.

This document is available from the Dept of Planning or NSW Legislation websites.

SEPP No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development

SEPP Residential Flat BuildingsThis policy outlines ten design quality principles for the development of residential flat buildings (apartment blocks).

The Department of Planning's Residential Flat Design Code and the NSW Government's Residential Flat Design Pattern Book are resources developed to support this SEPP. More information on residential flat buildings.

The SEPP No 65 is available from the NSW Legislation website.

SEPP (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004

SEPP BASIXBASIX ensures homes are designed to use less potable water and be responsible for fewer greenhouse gas emissions by setting energy and water reduction targets for houses and units. BASIX is one of the most robust sustainable planning measures in Australia.

When you enter information about your development on the BASIX website, the system analyses your data and determines how it scores against the energy and water targets. If your development meets the criteria, you will be provided a BASIX Certificate which you need to submit with your development application. More information on the Environment and BASIX.

The policy is available from the NSW Legislation website.

Other State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)

The following SEPP documents may or may not apply to your development. A full list of all SEPPS can be found at the NSW Legislation website.

SEPP No 6 - Number of Storeys in a Building
Provides the definition of how to determine the number of storeys, floors or levels a building contains.

View SEPP No 6


SEPP No 22 - Shops and Commercial Premises
Allows a shop or commercial premise "change of use" if the change has minor environmental effect and consent is given by the council.

View SEPP No 22


SEPP No 55 - Remediation of Land
Provides for a statewide planning approach to the remediation of contaminated land for the purpose of reducing the risk of harm to human health or any other aspect of the environment.

View SEPP No 55


SEPP No 71 - Coastal Protection
Provides controls for any development within the NSW coastal zone and the Woollahra Municipality. This applies to South Head and the following coastline.

View SEPP No 71


SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
This Policy aims to encourage the provision of housing for seniors by setting aside local planning controls that would otherwise prevent such development, by providing design principles, and by ensuring that applicants provide support services for seniors or people with a disability on adjoining land.

View SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004


SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009
Provides incentives for new affordable rental housing, facilitates the retention of existing affordable rentals, and expands the role of not-for-profit providers.

View SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009

The hierarchy of development rules explains how the plans and policies relate to each other.

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