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Coastal development

Development within the coastal zone is regulated under the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act). Certain coastal development (such as tidal work or development in the coastal management district) is assessed by the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) against the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP)—State code 8: Coastal development and tidal works. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is a technical advice agency and may be asked to provide advice to the applicant or the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) about coastal development proposals. Read the the State Development Assessment Process for further information.

Development defined as prescribed tidal works is assessed by local government against the Prescribed Tidal Works Code which is provided in Schedule 4A of the Coastal Protection and Management Regulations 2003 (Coastal Regulation).

Certain low risk developments in the coastal zone may meet the criteria for ‘accepted development ’ under the Planning Regulation 2017 and must comply with the Code for self-assessable development – tidal works and works wholly or partially in a coastal management district (EPP/2016/2095) (PDF, 376K) which is provided in section 15 of the Coastal Regulation.

The State Planning Policy (SPP)—includes the State’s policy in relation to planning and development along or near the coast. It directs land use planning at the local and regional scale, such as planning schemes and regional plans.

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Last updated
11 August 2017