The Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LEP) identifies areas called land zones, where certain types of development are permitted or prohibited.

Any change to the zoning of land requires an LEP amendment, a process costing more than $20,000, in addition to associated studies, and taking upward of 18 months. It requires the support of Council, consultation with the community, as well as State Government agencies and the approval of the Minister for Planning.

The process begins with an initial consultation with Council staff to review your rezoning request or concept to determine what you may be able to do with your land.

Rezoning is usually only supported when the applicant can demonstrate one or more of the following:

Current LEP amendments can be viewed through the NSW Government LEP tracking system.

Lodging an LEP amendment request

Before preparing a preliminary LEP amendment request, please read our rezoning request fact sheet(PDF, 360KB) and contact us on 02 4921 0333 to discuss your request.

Information required for a preliminary LEP amendment request will vary depending on the site and the proposal. Information should be concise. It often helps if you engage someone with experience and expertise in this field, such as a qualified town planning consultant.

Your LEP amendment request must include:

  • the property description (lot, deposited plan and address)
  • reasons why an amendment to the LEP is being requested
  • an indicative development concept illustrating the nature and scale of development envisaged for the land

No specific studies are required at this preliminary stage, although it is useful to identify possible issues that will need to be addressed, such as biodiversity offsetting or land contamination.