• 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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Local Environmental Plan

Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011

The Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP 2011) came into effect on Friday 23 December 2011.

The Cessnock LEP 2011 was prepared in accordance with the NSW State Government’s Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006, which required local Council’s to implement a Standard Instrument LEP.  The State Government has created the Standard Instrument LEP to assist in streamlining the NSW Planning system.

The Cessnock LEP 2011 is available to view, including both the written document and supporting maps, from the NSW Legislation website:

Amending the Cessnock LEP 2011

Amending Council’s LEP is a legal process which must be carried out in accordance with Part 3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The requirements and stages of amending a LEP, which is referred to as the Gateway Process, is outlined on the  Department of Planning and Environment's website.

To make a formal request to Council to amend Cessnock LEP 2011, applicants are required to provide a complete a Request to amend the Cessnock LEP 2011 form and prepare an accompanying submission addressing each part of the Department of Planning and Environment’s document  ‘A guide to preparing planning proposals’ and any other matters identified by Council.

Please note that it is essential that all political donations are declared on the Political Donations and Gift Disclosure Statement form.  

Phase 1 fees are to be paid on lodgement of the planning proposal. Subsequent fees will be invoiced in accordance with Council's Fees and Charges.