• Level 2 Water Restrictions

    As a region we're experiencing the lowest water levels in our dams in over two decades. Level 2 water restrictions apply to all properties connected to Hunter Water's water supply network in the Cessnock Local Government Area.

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Development Control Plan

A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Cessnock Development Control Plan 2010

The Cessnock Development Control Plan 2010 (DCP 2010) commenced on the 23 December 2011, the DCP came into effect upon gazettal of the Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011. The Cessnock DCP 2010 is applicable to the entire Local Government Area.

A complete copy of the DCP 2010 is available to download: 

Cessnock Development Control Plan 2010

Alternatively, the DCP 2010 can be downloaded by section/s below:

Part A: Introduction

A.1 Statutory Context
A.2 What needs to be considered in preparing Development Application
A.3 Submission Requirements

Part B: General Information

B.1 Exempt and Complying Development (repealed)

Part C: General Guidelines

C.1 Parking and Access
C.2 Flora and Fauna Survey Guidelines
C.3 Contaminated Lands
C.4 Land Use Conflict & Buffer Zones
C.5 Waste Management and Minimisation
C.6 Access and Mobility
C.7 Trees and Vegetation Management
C.8 Social Impact Assessment and Crime Prevention though Environmental Design (CPTED) Guidelines for a Proposed Development
C.9 Development on Flood Prone Land


Part D: Specific Development

D.1 Subdivision Guidelines 
D.2 Urban Housing 
D.3 Industrial Development 
D.4 Purpose-Built Rural Tourist Accommodation 
D.5 Outdoor Signage 
D.6 Poultry Farms – Neighbouring Land Uses 
D.7 Construction of Dams 
D.8 Temporary Events 
D.9 Outdoor Dining 
D.10 Sex Services Premises 
D.11 Restricted Premises 
D.12 Heritage Conservation and Design Guidelines

Part E: Specific Areas


E.1 Ellalong Lagoon Catchment Area 
E.2 ‘The Vintage’ 
E.3 Vineyards District
E.4 Stanford Main
E.5 Gingers Lane Weston
E.6 Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) 
E.7 Cessnock Aerodrome
E.8 Bow Wow Creek Gorge
E.9 Millfield Smallholdings
E.10 Kitchener Release Area 

E.11 Bellbird North 
E.12 Government Road Precinct 
E.13 Cessnock Civic 
E.14 Averys Village, Heddon Greta
E. 15 Nulkaba Urban Release Areas - BC10 and Valley View Place
E.16 Cessnock Commercial Precinct
E.17 Huntlee
E.18 Black Hill Employment Area
E.19 Branxton Town Centre


Part F: Urban Release Areas

F.1 - Heddon Greta
F.2 - Cessnock BC5
F.3 - Paxton North
F.4 - West & Wyndham St, Greta
F.5 - Rosehill
F.6 - North Ridge, Bellbird Heights


Appendix A: Flora and Fauna Survey Guidelines Volumes 1 and 2 (LHCC Region, 2002)