Designated Development refers to developments that are high-impact developments (e.g. likely to generate pollution) or are located in or near an environmentally sensitive area (e.g. a wetland).
Examples of designated development include chemical factories, large marinas, quarries and sewerage treatment works. For the Regulation’s full list of designated developments, read Schedule 3 of the EP&A Regulation.
If a development application is categorised as designated development, the application:
- must be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
- will require public exhibition for at least 28 days
- can be the subject of a merits appeal to the Land and Environment Court by objectors
An EIS for designated development must be prepared in accordance with the Planning Secretary’s requirements. To request the Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), an applicant must complete the Form A.
Read more about designated development on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.