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Planning controls explain the standards and restrictions for a new development. Planning controls may apply to a location (suburb, street or single lot), particular types of development (dwellings, villas) or a component of the development (provision of carparking, control of stormwater).
A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and is prepared and adopted by Councils.
A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the primary legal planning document for guiding land use and planning decisions made by Council. An LEP describes what can be undertaken on land and is supported by mapping (including land use zones, height of building, lot size maps etc.).