Planning Policies

Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Lockhart Shire's Local Enviromental Plan (LEP) was gazetted on 7th January 2013, and was developed by the Lockhart Shire Council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

The LEP is a legally binding document that identifies, among other things, the zoning and building controls of land within the Lockhart Shire. It includes maps for visual reference to zone layouts, and specifies what types of development are permissible within each zone.

A copy of the Lockhart LEP is available from the NSW Legislation Website, which can be accessed via the link below.

View the Lockhart Shire LEP

Development Control Plan (DCP)

On 19 December 2016, Council adopted the Lockhart Shire Development Control Plan. The DCP aims to facilitate the objectives of the LEP by providing more detailed controls for development, by outlining Council policies, standards and preferred future direction for development within the Lockhart Shire.

View the Lockhart Shire DCP

Community Participation

Community Participation Plans (CPPs) are a new requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act). Council's Community Participation Plan is designed to make participation in planning clearer for the community. It does this by setting out how and when interested persons can participate in the planning system, Council's functions and different types of proposals. Lockhart Shire Council have combined the Community Participation Plan with our Community Engagement Strategy, to demonstrate our overall commitment to community engagement. To access a copy of Lockhart Community Participation Plan, click on the following link:

Lockhart Community Participation Plan

Local Strategic Planning Statement for the Lockhart Shire

Council has prepared the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement 2020-2040 (LSPS) for the Lockhart Shire. It is a 20-year vision and strategy for our shire’s future land use, developed to respond to NSW Government requirements and to feedback that we have received from our community over recent years.

The LSPS provides context and direction for land use decision making within the Lockhart Local Government Area (LGA).

Notice is hereby given that Lockhart Shire Council intends to adopt this draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) on 20 April 2020, following an exhibition period of 28 days in accordance with Schedule 1, Part 1, Division 3.1 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement may be inspected at the Lockhart Shire Council Office, 65 Green Street, Lockhart during the hours of 8.30 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday, or downloaded from the link below.

 Your feedback on this document is most welcome. Any written submissions must be made before 4.00 pm, 19 April 2020.  If a submission is made by way of objection, the grounds of objection must be specified in the submission.


Peter Veneris                                                        PO Box 21

General Manager                                                 LOCKHART  NSW  2656


Download a copy of the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement for the Lockhart Shire