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 

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
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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

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

  1. Check which definition matches your development in the Main Interpretations List on page 9 of the Ku-ring-gai Planning Scheme Ordinance (KPSO). You may need to check other Interpretations Lists in the KPSO depending on the property's zoning (see below).

  2. View the Land Use Table in Part 3 to see if your development is permitted (with consent) or prohibited. This table covers most residential, special use and open space zones. For zones not covered in the Part 3 table, refer to the relevant parts of the KPSO (eg Business Centre Part 4).
  3. Some properties have additional permitted development (with consent) where the zoning would ordinarily prohibit the development - check Schedule 8 Development for Certain Additional Purposes (page 162).

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 is on public exhibition until 16 December 2016. The Planning Proposal specifies the zoning of each property in the 13 Deferred Areas: View Deferred Areas Planning Proposal (Part 2 contains land zoning maps). You can apply online for a 149(2) Planning Certificate to get written confirmation of the zoning from us.

  • Note: for the purposes of exempt and complying development in SEPP Exempt and Complying Development Codes 2008 and SEPP Infrastructure 2007, the zoning specified in the Deferred Areas Planning Proposal is the property's zoning.
  • Note: for development applications, the zoning specified in the Deferred Areas Planning Proposal is the draft zoning (the KPSO specifies the property's zoning).
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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.