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.
Woollahra LEP 2014 commenced on 23 May 2015.
Woollahra LEP 2014 contains two parts – a written instrument and a series of maps:
Current planning proposals
Planning proposal for 83 and 83A Yarranabbe Road, Darling Point
Submissions closed: 8 May 2015
Previous planning proposals
Planning proposal for 240-246 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (Thane Building)
Submissions closed: 28 July 2014
Woollahra LEP 1995
Woollahra LEP 1995 was repealed by Woollahra LEP 2014 on 23 May 2015. For new applications, please see Woollahra LEP 2014.
As per the savings provision relating to development applications (see Cl 1.8A in Woollahra LEP 2014), if a development application was made and not determined before the 23 May 2015, the application must be determined as if Woollahra LEP 2014 has not commenced.
The Woollahra LEP 1995 text and associated maps are provided below.
Woollahra LEP 1995 written instrument (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 land use (zoning) map (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 height map (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 density map (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 heritage conservation map (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 foreshore building lines map (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Woollahra LEP 1995 acid sulphate soils map (PDF, 2 MB)
Woollahra LEP No. 27 - applying to Strickland House, Vaucluse
Woollahra LEP No. 27 (15 January 1988, as amended) applied to the land at Strickland House, Vaucluse until 23 May 2015 when it was repealed by Woollahra LEP 2014. Under WLEP No. 27 the site is zoned Special Uses 5(a) (Hospital) and is identified as a heritage item.
Download LEP (PDF, 1 MB)
Download Map Extracts (PDF)
Woollahra DCP 2015 was approved by Council on 27 April 2015 and commenced on 23 May 2015.
The new consolidated DCP applies to the whole LGA, replacing all existing DCPs.
The Woollahra DCP 2015 contains seven parts, and comprises chapters within each part.
Note: Those provisions in Woollahra DCP 2015 that specify requirements, standards or controls that relate to certain matters which are listed in clause 6A of SEPP No 65 Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development have no effect in the assessment and determination of a development application for development to which SEPP No 65 applies.
Residential apartment development is defined in clause 4 of SEPP No 65. It comprises residential flat buildings, shop top housing and mixed use development with a residential accommodation component. The building must be at least three or more storeys (excluding levels below existing ground level or levels that are less than 1.2m above existing ground level that provide car parking). The building must contain at least four or more dwellings.
All other provisions of Woollahra DCP 2015 can be applied to the assessment and determination of a DA for development to which SEPP No 65 applies.
Part A: Introduction and Administration
Part A applies to all development applications (DAs).
Part B: General Residential
Part B applies to DAs proposed on land located within certain residential precincts and neighbourhood heritage conservation areas.
Part C: Heritage Conservation Areas
Part C applies to DAs proposed on land located within the heritage conservation areas of Paddington, Woollahra and Watsons Bay.
Part D: Business Centres
Part D applies to DAs proposed on land in the Edgecliff, Double Bay and Rose Bay Centres, as well as to land zoned B1 Neighbourhood Centre or B4 Mixed Use Centre under the Woollahra LEP.
Part E: General Controls for All Development
Part E contains general controls which can apply to development irrespective of location. It establishes controls that all applications must consider.
Part F: Land Use Specific Controls
Part F applies to DAs relating to specific development types. The controls in Part F apply in addition to the controls in Parts B, C or D (as relevant).
Part G: Site-Specific Controls
Part G applies to DAs proposed on specific sites. The controls in Part G apply in addition to the controls in Parts B, C or D (as relevant).
DCPs currently on exhibition
There are currently no DCPs on exhibition.
As per the savings and transitional provisions relating to development applications (see A1.1.9 in Woollahra DCP 2015), these DCPs and codes continue to apply to development applications, applications to modify development consents and applications for review of a determination, that were made prior to but not determined on 23 May 2015.
Woollahra Residential DCP 2003 (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Paddington Heritage Conservation Area DCP 2008 (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Watsons Bay Heritage Conservation Area DCP (PDF, 7.7 MB)
Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area DCP (PDF, 4 MB)
Access DCP (PDF)
Child Care Centres DCP (PDF)
Neighbourhood Centres DCP (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Parking DCP (PDF)
DCPs applying to specific properties
Babworth House DCP (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Bishopscourt DCP (PDF)
Hawthornden DCP (PDF)
Kilmory DCP (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Woollahra DCP 2015 replaced all existing DCPs and repealed these three codes:
Private Stormwater Code (PDF)
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
Download document (PDF, 2 MB)
The 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 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.
BASIX 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.
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.
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.
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.
SEPP No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development
This policy outlines nine design quality principles for the development of residential flat buildings, shop top housing and mixed use development with a residential component. The building must be at least three or more storeys and contain at least four or more dwellings. The Department of Planning's Apartment Design Guide is an accompanying document developed to support this SEPP.
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.
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.
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.