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The Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014 (the DCP) was adopted by Port Stephens Council on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 and became effective on Thursday, 6 August 2015. The DCP provides further guidance to the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP). The table below describes amendments made to the DCP since its adoption.

The DCP is available in separate sections or as a complete document below:

Alternatively Local Environmental Plan or the State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) most relevant to Port Stephens Council.


The first amendment related to Part B1 - Tree Management only and provided additional circumstances under which tree removal may be exempted from Council approval.

The first amendment came into effect on Thursday, 3 September 2015.

The second amendment related to Part D1 - Heatherbrae and Part D9 - Raymond Terrace Town Centre. The changes gave effect to the relevant outcomes of the Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae Strategy, adopted by Council on Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

The second amendment came into effect on Thursday, 10 December 2015.

The third amendment is in draft form only and relates to Part B5 - Flooding. The amendment aims to provide greater clarity and consistency in the determination of development applications on flood prone land and achieve alignment with Council's other flood management tools.

The amendment was placed on public exhibition in April 2017 and is expected to be reported back to Council for adoption in the coming months.

The fourth amendment related to a series of minor amendments and corrections throughout the DCP. At its meeting on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 Council adopted the amendment.

The fifth amendment gave effect to Council's resolution of 13 February 2018. Part D9 - Medowie was amended to reflect changes made to the zoning and lot sizes at the Bower Estate.

The sixth amendment gave effect to Council's resolution of 12 June 2018, The amendment inserted Part D16 to provide a site specific DCP for the area known as Kingston, satisfying the requirements of clause 6.3 under the Port Stephens Local Environment Plan 2013.

Plan amended to give effect to Council's resolution of 10 July 2018. Amendment makes administrative changes including references to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979  and the repeal of savings and transitional provisions.

Plan amended to give effect to Council's resolution of 9 July 2019. Amendment makes changes to the noise planning area to which Chapter B7 applies. the amendment also updates relevant working and definitions within the DCP.

Natural resources technical specifications

Standard Drawings

Selected Standard Drawings are available on Council's Standard Drawings page.


Selected maps from Council's DCP are available on Council's Planning maps page.

Contact details

Strategic Planning Team
Phone: (02) 4980 0326
Email: landusesubmissions@portstephens.nsw.gov.au