Planning controls and policies

Planning controls and policies
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Thinking about building or developing in the city, or just want to find out more about the key planning documents that apply to your neighbourhood? Planning control policies canterbury bankstown Thinking about building or developing in the city, or just want to find out more about the key planning documents that apply to your neighbourhood? We have a number of planning documents.  

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thinking about building or developing in our City, or just want to find out more about the key planning documents that apply to your neighbourhood?

We have a number of planning documents to effectively manage our City in a way that promotes sustainable development and addresses community expectations.​​

Commencement of the new Bankstown Development Contributions Plan 2019 and amendments to Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013


At the Ordinary Meeting on 26 November 2019, Council resolved to adopt the new Bankstown Development Contributions Plan 2019 to replace the Bankstown Section 94A Contributions Plan, and amend the Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013 to align the way local infrastructure contributions are collected in the City.

The new Bankstown Development Contributions Plan 2019 and amendments to the Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013 will commence on 8 January 2020. The new changes will apply to DAs lodged or Complying Development Certificates registered on and after the commencement date.

You are encouraged to read the relevant documents below.

Planning controls for the City of Canterbury Bankstown

​Planning Agreements Policy

The Planning Agreements Policy enables Council to enter into voluntary arrangements with property owners and developers to help fund the cost of providing new public infrastructure and services. 

Commercial use of Footways Policy and Guidelines

The Commercial Use of Footways Policy provides a framework that enables the commercial use of public footways whilst addressing the requirements for public access and circulation. This policy ensures a high standard for restaurants, cafes and businesses undertaking commercial street trading.

Contaminated Land Policy​​

This Policy sets out the framework for the management of contaminated land. The Policy outlines how contaminated land issues are addressed by Council's planning and environmental decision-making processes.

​​​ Canterbury-Bankstown Enforcement and Compliance Levy​​

From 1 July 2018, all new Development Applications are subject to an Enforcement and Compliance levy. The underlying intent of this new Enforcement and Compliance levy is to better equip Council so that it can successfully respond to the broadening nature and increasing intensity of compliance and enforcement activity.

Community Participation Plan (CPP)

The Community Participation Plan is Council’s consolidated policy for how it will engage with the community on all planning matters, including development applications, strategic plans, local strategic planning statements, local environmental plans, development control plans, contribution plans and planning agreements.

Planning controls for the former area of the City of Bankstown

Bankstown Local Enviro​nmental Plan 2015 

Bankstown Local Environmental Plan 2015 is Council's principal planning control for development in the city. The LEP provides objectives, zones and development standards such as floor space, building height and lot size requirements.

Bankstown Development Control Plan 2015 

Bankstown Development Control Plan 2015 supports the LEP by providing additional objectives and development controls to enhance the function and appearance of development in the city. The development controls include storey limits, setbacks, urban design, amenity, landscaping, access and parking. 

Development Engineering Standards 

The Development Engineering Standards ensure the quality and maintenance of infrastructure is consistent with the future needs of the City's built environment in relation to stormwater drainage, stormwater easements, driveways and footpath crossings.

Council Standard Drawings​

Council standard drawings may be viewed and downloaded individually or as a complete set.

Bankstown Development Contributions Plan 2019 

The Bankstown Development Contributions Plan 2019 enables Council to impose Section 7.11 contributions and Section 7.12 levies on development to help fund the cost of providing new public local infrastructure and services in the former Bankstown LGA. The plan also identifies projects that will be funded by the contributions and levies.

Bankstown Demolition and Construction Guidelines 

The Bankstown Demolition and Construction Guidelines ensure demolition and construction works are safe, do not impact on the city, and are carried out in accordance with relevant legislation requirements.

Planning controls for the former area of the City of Canterbury

​Canterbury Local Env​​ironmental Plan 2012

Canterbury Local Environmental Plan 2012 was notified on the NSW legislation website on 21 December 2012 and came into force on 1 January 2013. The LEP will replace all of council's previous principal planning instruments (Canterbury Planning Scheme Ordinance, LEP 138, 148 and 178).

Canterbury Development Control Plan 2012

The LEP is supported by Canterbury Development Control Plan 2012 which also came into force on 1 January 2013. The DCP contains more detailed development controls, standards and guidelines for all new development in the Canterbury part of the City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Current Contribution Rates as indexed per quarter

This document summarises the contributions or levies payable under this Plan. For further details on how to calculate contributions, refer to clause 2.11 of the Canterbury Development Contributions Plan.

Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013

The Canterbury Development Contributions Plan 2013 enables Council to impose Section 7.11 contributions and Section 7.12 levies on development to help fund the cost of providing new public local infrastructure and services in the former Canterbury LGA (except for the Canterbury Town Centre and Riverfront Precinct – see below). The plan also identifies projects that will be funded by the contributions and levies.

Canterbury Town Centre and Riverfront Precinct Development Contributions Plan

This plan applies only to the Canterbury Town Centre and Riverfront Precinct, as defined in the plan.​

Superced​e​d Canterbury City Section 94 Contributions Plan 2005

A copy of the superceded Canterbury City Section 94 Contributions Plan 2005 is also available for historical purposes. Contributions levied under this plan will still continue to be indexed as allowed for by the condition of consent. If you wish to find out the indexed contribution rate on a past condition of consent payable under this plan please contact Council’s Urban Planning Team.

State Government planning guidelines and p​olicies

The legal framework of the NSW development system requires development applications to comply with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and other regulatory instruments such as state and regional plans, BASIX, and the Apartment Design Guide.

NSW Government's Planning website

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008

State Environme​nt​al Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009​​​

Repealed plans

Repealed​ Plans​ ​

This section contains Council's repealed policies and plans, which are available as a point of reference only.