Development Control Plans


Bellingen Shire Development Control Plan (DCP) 2017

This Plan came into effect on 6 December 2017 and it can be downloaded in its entirety or by the relevant section.

This is the sole DCP that regulates development in Bellingen Shire and is the culmination of a comprehensive review of the Bellingen Shire DCP 2010. 

The preparation of the DCP 2017 involved a review of DCP 2010 including an update of standards and references, removal of controls now covered by other legislation/codes/policies, a reduction of repetition and deletion or replacement of ineffective or onerous controls. 

The DCP review has deleted Chapter 13 – Food Premises, Chapter 14 – Equity of Access and Chapter 15 – Development in Mylestom. 

The DCP 2017 now includes four additional chapters:

  • Chapter 13 – Universal Housing
  • Chapter 15 – Non-Indigenous Heritage
  • Chapter 16 – Koala Habitat Protection
  • Chapter 17 – North Bellingen Urban Release Area​

In November 2019 Council resolved to delete Chapter 11 – Advertising & Notification of Development Applications from the Bellingen Shire Development Control Plan (DCP) 2017. This is because Council has adopted the Bellingen Shire Community Participation Plan, which now supersedes Chapter 11 of the DCP and is the new point of reference for how Council will advertise or notify people about Development Applications and other strategic planning maters such as the preparation of Growth Management Strategies, or amendments to the Local Environmental Plan.

The Bellingen Shire Community Participation Plan is available for viewing at the following location on the Council’s website.

Community Participation Plan

The Livable Housing Guidelines referenced in Chapter 13 of the DCP are available for viewing at the following location.


Adopted Consolidated DCP 2017 (2019 Amendment)
Extract - Chapter 1, Single Dwelling 
Extract - Chapter 2, Multiple Dwelling Housing 
Extract - Chapter 3, Subdivision
Extract - Chapter 4, Tourist Development
Extract - Chapter 5, Carparking and Vehicular Access
Extract - Chapter 6, Preservation of Trees and Vegetation
Extract - Chapter 7, Advertising Signage 
Extract - Chapter 8, Flood and Riverine Processes 
Extract - Chapter 9, Landscaping Requirements 
Extract - Chapter 10, On Site Sewage Management 
Extract - Chapter 11, Advertising and Notification of Development Applications 
Extract - Chapter 12, Stormwater 
Extract - Chapter 13, Universal Housing 
Extract - Chapter 14 - Site Waste Minimisation and Mangement
Extract - Chapter 15, Heritage 
Extract - Chapter 16, Koala Habitat Protection
Extract - Chapter 17, North Bellingen Urban Release Area