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The Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014 is the principal planning instrument affecting land use in the Lithgow Local Government Area.  The Plan, although prepared by Council in conjunction with the Lithgow community, was vetted and amended by the State Government before being made and gazetted by the Minister for Planning.

The Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014 commenced on 19 December, 2014.  The written instrument can be viewed on the New South Wales Government Legislation web site

by browsing EPIs, L, and Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 1994.

The supporting LEP maps are also available through the above link.

NB: It may take a few days for this site to be fully updated so please if trying to locate the Plan prior to Christmas please be patient.

If you have any urgent enquiries regarding the new Plan please contact Councils Planners on 02 6354999.

The purpose of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is to define what purpose land may be used for as well as development standards and controls that apply.  The Plan consists of a written statement and a number of maps that depict the spatial application of the various zones and controls.

The Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014 applies to all land in the Lithgow Local Government Area and repeals the following Plans:

  • Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 1994 ( except for land identified as “Deferred Matter” on the Land Application Map being the former Cement Works Site at Portland)


  • Rylstone Local Environmental Plan 1996.

Exempt and Complying Development

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008specifies exempt and complying development under that Policy. The Codes SEPP has state-wide application and is adopted for the purposes of this Plan.

Savings Provisions

Any development application lodged prior to the 19 December 2014 and not finally determined will be assessed in accordance with the previous Local Environmental Plans and the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. 

All development applications lodged on or after the 19 December 2014 will be assessed under the new Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014.

149 Certificates

S. 149 Planning Certificates (commonly known as zoning certificate) provide information about planning controls and other property issues that affect a particular piece of land.  All contracts of sale for real estate require a current 149 Certificate to be attached to the contract.

Please note the due to the commencement of the new Lithgow Local Environmental Plan 2014 all 149 Certificates issued prior to 19 December  2014 are now out of date and you may be required to reapply for the issue of a current 149 Certificate.  You are advised to obtain your own legal advice in this regard.


Following the formal endorsement of the Lithgow Land Use Strategy 2010-2030 in May 2012, Council has prepared a Draft Planning Proposal for the Draft Lithgow Principal LEP 2013.  This Draft Planning Proposal was adopted by Council at its Ordinary meeting of 15 April 2013 in order to request approval from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to place the proposal on public exhibition known as a Gateway Determination.  This Determination was  received  by Council on 20th May 2013.

How can I find out more?

This webpage enables easy access to all planning documents that were exhibited as well as the supporting public exhibition and explanatory material .

 Please use the tabs across the top of this page to access as much information relevant to you to assist your understanding of the Draft LEP process.

If you have any difficulty please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 02 63549906 or 02 63549920 for assistance.

LEP Explained Video

Council staff and Mayor Maree Statham have made this short video to help answer some of the common questions regarding the LEP.

A project partnered and jointly funded by the Planning Reform Fund Program (PRFP) of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

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