A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) is a document that is required for all development applications (except Designated Development and State Significant Development) under Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
It explains the likely impacts of a development proposal on the natural and built environment and must demonstrate how these impacts will be minimised. It also addresses how a development proposal complies with applicable legislative requirements.
A SEE should include:
If the SEE does not contain all required information, there may be delays in processing the development application.
Note: Where the proposed development will result in a non-compliance with a development standard from the Local Environmental Plan, a Clause 4.6 Variation to a Development Standard Report must be submitted with the development application.
Anyone can prepare a SOEE, however, you may wish to engage the services of a professional consultant such as a town planner.
Alternatively, if your proposal is straightforward, you may wish to use Council’s Statement of Environmental Effects template on our forms page.
If your development relies on existing use rights, you should seek professional help to prepare your SOEE.
If you have any questions regarding the preparation of a SOEE, please use Councils Duty Planner service or speak to our Customer and Business Service Department on (02) 6655 7300.