Zoning

What is zoning?

Councils use zoning to designate areas within their local government areas suitable for residential, commercial and industrial activities and development. Zoning helps councils bring about orderly growth, manage change and help protect special areas, such as heritage conservation areas and areas with high ecological values, from inappropriate development.

If you are planning to develop (eg. build a granny flat) or use a premises (eg. café), the property's zoning determines whether your development is permitted or prohibited on that land. An environmental planning instrument, such as a Local Environmental Plan (LEP), will specify the zoning of every property in the area it applies to.

How to identify zoning and development permissibility

1. Identify property's zoning

There are two ways:

Note: we cannot confirm the zoning of a property over the phone or by email.

Online mapping tool LEP descriptions:

  • 'KLEP - 2015' = Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015
  • 'KLEP LC 2012' = Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (Local Centres) 2012
  • 'KPSO' = Ku-ring-gai Planning Scheme Ordinance (only applies to an area of land at Killara Golf Club and the areas in the vicinity of 'The Briars' at 14 Woonoona Avenue, Wahroonga)

2. Is my development permitted or prohibited?

  • Once you know the property's zoning and LEP, view the instructions in the table below.

Note: The Land Use Table provides a list of land use definitions that are permitted (with consent) or prohibited in each zone. For example, in a R2 Low Density Residential zone, a 'dwelling house' is listed as permitted (with consent). Using 'dwelling house' as an example, development that is ancillary to a dwelling house (eg. pool, fence, driveway) is considered to be permitted by the zoning as the individual developments serve the purpose of the dwelling house.

Note: For some developments, zoning and development permissibility can be complex and difficult to accurately identify (read Planning Circular: How to characterise development). As such, we recommend you get professional advice from a suitably qualified town planner.

Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015

  1. Check which definition matches your development proposal in the dictionary
  2. View the Land Use Table to see if your development is permitted (with consent) or prohibited
  3. Some properties have additional permitted development (with consent) where the zoning would ordinarily prohibit the development - check Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses
 KLEP2015-comprehensive

Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (Local Centres) 2012

  1. Check which definition matches your development proposal in the dictionary 

  2. View the Land Use Table to see if your development is permitted (with consent) or prohibited

  3. Some properties have additional permitted development (with consent) where the zoning would ordinarily prohibit the development - check Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses

 KLEP2012-local-centres

Ku-ring-gai Planning Scheme Ordinance (Deferred Areas)

When Draft Local Environmental Plan 2013 was gazetted it became Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan 2015 ('KLEP 2015') and took effect on 2 April 2015. However, 13 areas were deferred from being included in KLEP 2015 to allow Council to undertake a further assessment of the proposed zoning within these areas based on bushfire evacuation risk.

The Planning Proposal to amend KLEP 2015 to include these areas was on public exhibition until 16 December 2016.

On 19 January 2018, the Department of Planning and Environment gazetted the plan. The plan came into effect on 2 February 2018.

The deferred areas remaining are an area of land at Killara Golf Club and the areas in the vicinity of 'The Briars' at 14 Woonoona Avenue, Wahroonga.

View Deferred Areas for more information.

KLEP2015-deferred-areas

My development is permitted

If your development is permitted, check whether you need development consent to lawfully carry out your development.

Residential development

Commercial development

My development is prohibited

If your development is prohibited, you cannot get development consent for the development on the property.