Planning controls

1. Overview

Land use planning policy in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is defined through the Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Community Plans of Management, section 94 Development Contribution Plans, Local Planning Agreements, section 7.11 Development Servicing Plans and NSW State Environmental Planning Policies.

Download our planning for non-planners document here(PDF, 164KB) .

2. Local Environmental Plans

All land within Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is subject to the provisions of a local environmental plan (LEP). At this time there are seven local environmental plans operating with each applying to different parts of the local government area. Work is being done on a comprehensive LEP for the local government area which is expected to be completed late in 2019. You can view copies of our LEP's on the NSW Legislation website for each region by following the links below.

3. Development Control Plans

Development Control Plans (DCPs) supplement the Local Environmental Plans by providing more detailed development controls regarding aspects like building design, landscaping, car parking and the like. There are four DCPs that apply in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Government Area.

Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006

The Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006(PDF, 6MB) continues to operate under the Heritage Act 1977 in the State listed conservation area ‘Braidwood and its setting’ as the document which determines whether or not approval under section 60 of the Act is required.

Any development in the State listed area which does comply with the provisions of the Braidwood Development Control Plan 2006 will require Heritage Act approval and will be considered as integrated development under Division 4.8 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Palerang Development Control Plan 2015

The Palerang Development Control Plan 2015 came into effect on 27 May 2015

Queanbeyan Development Control Plan 2012

The Queanbeyan Development Control Plan was adopted by Council on 12 December 2012. The most recent amendments came into effect on 30 October 2018.

Googong Development Control Plan

The Googong Development Control Plan commenced on 9 December 2010.

South Jerrabomberra Development Control Plan

The South Jerrabomberra Development Control Plan was adopted by Council at its PDRC meeting on 11 February 2015. The date of commencement of this DCP is 6 March 2015.

4. State Environmental Planning Policies

In addition to Council’s LEPs and DCPs there are also State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) which have been implemented by the NSW state government for specific areas, development types and planning issues. These controls are also found on the NSW Legislation Website under "S" in "Browse in Force" Environmental Planning Instruments (EPIs).

5. Community Land Plans of Management

Community Land Plans of Management apply to most public lands under the care, control and management of Council and classified as 'community' under the Local Government Act 1993. The plans set out Council's management regimes for the land. Please note that the plans do not necessarily include 'Crown land' that is under the care, control and management of Council. The following Plans of Management are available and are updated as required:

6. Section 7.11 Plans and Local Planning Agreements

Section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 permits Council to plan, identify and levy contributions upon new development where it has established that the development is likely to result in increased demand for public services and public amenities within the local government area.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 also provides for alternatives to contribution plans. This includes planning agreements and Council has one called Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement.

Current Section 7.11 Contribution Plans

Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement

Deed South Tralee Essential Infrastructure Planning Agreement LGD18/71

7. Section 64 Plans

Section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993 allows contributions to be levied towards the provision of water, sewerage and stormwater infrastructure. Council must have a Developer Servicing Plan in order to levy a Section 64 contribution. The developer servicing plans enable Council to levy contributions where the anticipated development will or is likely to increase the demand for water or sewer supply services. The contributions levied will allow Council to provide for the required increased capacity.

8. Flood Risk Management Plan

Our Local Government Area has a large number of drainage catchments and creeks, rivers and floodplains. Due to historical development patterns, the towns of Braidwood, Bungendore and Captains Flat are located on the floodplains of a number of small creeks and rivers. The central area of Queanbeyan sits on a more significant floodplain.

The NSW Government has developed the Flood Prone Land Policy, the Floodplain Risk Management Process and the Floodplain Development Manual to guide management of floodplains. The aim of the Policy is to safely manage existing communities at risk through appropriate controls and emergency management while allowing appropriate development of new land within floodplains. New development is required to consider the effects of the development on existing development, the future risk to new communities and emergency management for the new community. New development will only be permitted where risks to existing and future communities can be effectively managed.

To better protect existing communities and to assess future development opportunities, we are required to undertake floodplain risk management studies for at-risk communities. The process, outlined in the figure below, involves the study of the catchment, the watercourses, the communities and emergency responses. The process ultimately recommends a series of structural works (such as levee banks), planning controls (such as minimum floor levels) and emergency response procedures (such as evacuation routes) that, when implemented, will reduce risk to the existing community to an acceptable level.

QPRC Floodplain Risk Management Projects

We currently have a number of floodplain risk management processes underway. We have engaged consultants to undertake Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for Braidwood and Queanbeyan. These studies and plans will be available for download on this page when they have been finalised.

Flood Studies and Maps


Bungendore -More information is available on the Bungendore Floodplain project here.

Captains Flat


You will be able to download the Queanbeyan Floodplains study and plan here when they have been developed.