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Local Environmental Plan

An LEP is the key legal document for determining land use and controlling development at the local level, using land use zones, development standards and other planning provisions.

In 2007 Council resolved to prepare a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the entire Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.  This was to follow an instruction from the NSW State Government that all LEPs across NSW should conform to a template of general content and standard land use definitions.

Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP 2013) was made on 27 September 2013.  It has replaced (repealed) Coffs Harbour City Local Environmental Plan 2000 and Coffs Harbour City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2011.  LEP 2013 is made up of a written document and maps, and is designed in accordance with requirements of the State Government’s Standard Instrument template. Both the written document and maps can be viewed  at the NSW Legislation website:

Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013

LEP 2013 Maps (external link to NSW Legislation website)


Equivalent Zones - See how previous zones are mapped to the new zones

See the new LEP in our Online Mapping Tool

An associated Development Control Plan applies to all land that LEP 2013 applies to.

NOTE: At its meeting on 13 December 2012 Council resolved to defer lands identified on Map 1 (Hearnes Lake/Sandy Beach and Emerald Beach) and Map 2 (Moonee) from Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013.

See the deferred areas in our Online Mapping Tool

Local Environmental Plan 2000 and the associated Development Control Plans for Hearnes Lake/Sandy Beach and Emerald Beach and Moonee continue to apply to those deferred lands.

Council’s decision to defer these lands was a result of representations received from land owners, during the exhibition of draft Coffs Harbour LEP 2013, that the proposed zones recommended under draft Coffs Harbour LEP 2013 were applied without a comprehensive Local Environmental Study (LES) or equivalent studies being undertaken. Council have recently engaged consultants to prepare planning documents and environmental investigations to inform a Planning Proposal for the deferred areas as shown in Maps 1 and 2 above.

See Planning Instruments for Deferred Areas (including Archived Instruments) for more information on these deferred lands.