The Independent Planning Commission is committed to the protection of your privacy and personal information. When you deal with the Commission, your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
To access our Privacy Statement please click on the link below.
The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to explain how the Commission obtains and uses your personal information.
A public meeting provides an opportunity for the Commission to hear public views on the Department's assessment report as part of its determination process for State significant development applications.
There is no statutory requirement for the Commission to hold a public meeting before determining an application. The considerations that will guide the Commission in relation to the holding of a public meeting before making a decision on an application are set out in the attached guidelines.
The public meeting does not affect appeal rights under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act).
For further information, please see the Commission’s Public Meeting Guidelines.
A public hearing only takes place if it is requested by the Minister for Planning or, in limited circumstances, the Greater Sydney Commission in relation to a State significant development application or any other planning matter. If such a request is made, the Commission must hold a public hearing, it is not discretionary.
Unlike a public meeting, the Commission has no power to decide to conduct a public hearing under the EP&A Act, even when it is the consent authority.
The Commission has powers to require certain people to attend the public hearing and to give evidence. If a public hearing is held, merit appeal rights to appeal to the Land and Environment Court are extinguished.
For more information, please see the Commission’s Public Hearing Guidelines.
When determining a sate significant development application or carrying out any of its other functions, the Commission may choose to undertake a site inspection or locality tour. There is no statutory requirement for the Commission to do so.
The purpose of the site inspection and/or locality tour is to assist a Commission panel understand the physical attributes of the project site and its locality.
The Chair of the panel appointed to a matter will decide whether a site inspection and/or locality tour are warranted and who should attend and observe. Neither is a forum for those present to make comments and/or submissions to the Commission.
The Independent Planning Commission has adopted a policy governing record keeping for its meetings. To access this policy, please click on the link below.
From 1 March 2018, the Commission is legally required to make record a meeting conducted in public. To satisfy this legal obligation, the Commission will make an audio recording of any public meeting, and publish a written transcription on this website.
The work of the Independent Planning Commission is often complex and contentious. The Commission is committed to sound governance and management of personal interests. In addition to the Commission's Code Of Conduct, the Commission has adopted policies governing the management of personal interests and conflict of interest matters. To access these policies, please click on the links below.
Section 147(3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires a submitter who makes a public submission to the Minister in relation to an application to disclose all reportable political donations to anyone by the submitter or any associate of the submitter. The relevant period for disclosure is two (2) years before the submission is made.
The Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure Statement Form is currently being revised.
What you should know before sending written correspondence to the Independent Planning Commission:
Further details of the Commission's handling of complaints are set out in the Complaints Management Policy.
Much of the information held by the Commission is available on our website, including the following:
Other information will be made available on request and there may be a charge attached.
Full details are contained in this Access To Information document.
If you want to make a formal application for information, please fill out the Access To Information Request Form and return it to the Commission with your application fee.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 requires the Commission to provide an annual report on its operations to the Minister for Planning