The planning system plays an important role in the way we manage the coast and how we impact the marine environment.

The NSW coast provides a multitude of values and uses for the community. This competition for use and enjoyment places our coast under increasing pressure. The environmental and lifestyle benefits of coastal living continue to attract new residents and tourists.

Planning for coastal communities must carefully balance the need to provide jobs, housing, community facilities and transport for a changing population whilst maintaining the coast's unique qualities and managing risks associated with developing along our coastlines and waterways.

The NSW Government is developing a new coastal management framework. The framework responds to existing and emerging coastal challenges and opportunities, with the aim of having thriving and resilient communities living and working on a healthy coast now and into the future.

Progress toward finalising the draft Coastal Management SEPP

The new coastal management framework includes a new land use planning policy for coastal management called the State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management), or Coastal Management SEPP. The policy will support implementation of the management objectives set out in the Coastal Management Act 2016.

The Department of Planning and Environment is currently reviewing public submissions on the draft Coastal Management SEPP in order to finalise the draft policy. The draft policy was open for public consultation from 11 November 2016 to 20 January 2017. For more information on the SEPP go to:

More information about the NSW coastal reforms more broadly, including the coastal management framework, can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Coastal reforms webpage:

Page last updated/reviewed: 30 Jan 2017