Statement of Environmental Effects

If you are lodging a development application you must submit a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) as part of your application. 

This applies to all development applications except Designated Development and State Significant Development, which require an Environmental Impact Statement instead of a SEE. A SEE explains the likely impacts of a development proposal on the natural and built environment and must demonstrate how these impacts will be minimised. It also addresses how a development proposal complies with applicable legislative requirements.

A SEE should include:

  • A description of the site (including present and previous land uses) and the surrounding locality
  • A detailed description of the proposed development, including operational details
  • Details of the site’s suitability for the proposed development
  • The likely impacts of the proposed development (including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and the social and economic impacts in the locality)
  • The steps to be taken to lessen the expected impacts
  • How the proposed development complies with relevant planning instruments and policies (i.e. Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan) and any other applicable planning instruments (such as State Environmental Planning Policies) and legislation
  • Justification for any part of the development that does not comply with relevant policies or legislation.

    For further information refer to our Statement of Environmental Effects Fact Sheet(PDF, 820KB) .

    Anyone can prepare a SEE however you may wish to engage the services of a professional consultant such as a town planner. Alternatively, if your proposal is simple, you may wish to use our Statement of Environmental Effects template(PDF, 351KB) .