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Local Environmental Plan

The aim of the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP) is to provide the statutory framework for planning within the Port Stephens local government area. It provides planning and environmental control over the use and development of land, in order to uphold and promote the objectives of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The most recent version of the LEP is available on the NSW legislation website that is maintained by NSW Parliamentary Counsel.

To understand the map types and map identification numbers, please see the grid map index sheet (PDF File - 1 MB)

Request to Amend a LEP

A legislative process is followed to request an amendment to the LEP. Read more about requesting to Amend the LEP.

Port Stephens Development Control Plan

The Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) contains planning provisions, which provide further guidance to those provisions under the LEP. Both the LEP and DCP are key matters for consideration when Council is assessing development under s79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Read more about the Port Stephens Development Control Plan.


Council is committed to improving the planning, development and construction processes by using technology and innovation. Councils ePlanning services can be used to view Council's planning controls in a more user friendly way. Read more about ePlanning tools and processes at Port Stephens Council.