What is a Statement of Environmental Effects?

A Statement of Environmental Effects is a document detailing a proposed development and its potential impacts. All Development Applications must be accompanied by a Statement of Environmental Effects.

We recommend seeking the advice of a town planner to assess the complexity of your development. In many cases of low impact, routine development, it is possible to write your own Statement of Environmental Effects. If you’re thinking of writing your own SEE, the following information will help you get started. There are three main elements to a SEE:

Site Description

This section should include the following information:

  • Property address
  • Lot and DP number (call your local council or check their online planning maps)
  • Description of existing development
  • Description of surrounding development
  • Maps
Proposed Development

This section should include the following information:

  • A list of all the proposed developments
  • Details of each development, such as size, building materials and location on the property
  • Plans and drawings (these can be attached separately as an appendix)
Planning Considerations

This section should address how your development complies with the relevant legislation, including (but not limited to):

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (available at NSW Legislation)
  • Environmental Planning And Assessment Regulation 2000 (available at NSW Legislation)
  • State Environmental Planning Policies (available at NSW Legislation and listed under EPIs – S)
  • Local Environmental Plans (available on your local council’s website)
  • Development Control Plans (available on your local council’s website)
  • Discussion of any specialist reports included in your DA, such as Statements of Heritage Impact (SOHI) or geotechnical reports

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