The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000 (NSW)(EP&A Reg) has been delayed in its repeal and replacement on 1 March 2021, pushing the date back a year to the 1 March 2022. This delay allows appropriate consultation time for further reviewing of the provisions and preparing a replacement regulation once the pandemic has subsided.
The current requirements in the EP&A Reg will continue to apply for an additional 12 months – but what does this mean?
Changes to lapsing dates for Development Consents and Deferred Commencement Consents
All lapsing dates have changed for development consents and deferred commencement consents. They have been changed so that:
- Both consents granted within the 2 year period from 25 March 2020 will have a five-year lapsing period that cannot be reduced,
- Consents granted prior to 25 March 2020 that have not already lapsed will be extended by 2 years, and
- The lapsing date has been extended for 2 years consents that have lapsed since 25 March 2020.