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Local Environmental Plan (LEP)


The new Central Coast Local Environmental Plan 2022 (CCLEP 2022) was finalised and notified on the NSW Legislation website on 24 June 2022.  It came into effect on 1 August 2022 and the consolidated Central Coast Development Control Plan 2022 (CCDCP 2022) and also came into force on the same date. More information on the implementation of the new CCLEP 2022 and CCDCP 2022 coming into effect is available here.

Development Applications lodged from 1 August 2022 are subject to the CCLEP 2022. Development Applications  accepted by Council prior to 1 August 2022 are subject to the provisions of existing planning controls.

The single LEP applies to the vast majority of the LGA, with a small portion of the local government area being land deferred for further consideration. The updating the CCLEP for these deferred lands will be publicly exhibited to the community early to mid-2023. Council is currently awaiting the Gateway Determination for the Deferred Matters Planning Proposal from the Department of Planning and Environment. This is expected to be issued to Council before the end of the year. The Gateway Determination will identify the tasks that Council are to complete both prior and during public exhibition. At this stage the deferred lands remain subject to The Interim Development Order 122 (IDO 122) and PDF iconGosford Planning Scheme Ordinance.  The Gosford Town Centre remains subject to State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts Regional) 2021 Pt 5.8 Gosford City Centre.

As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation zone C1, C2, C3 or C4. For further information please see Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021 (

Current nameNew name
Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature ReservesZone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves
Zone E2 – Environmental ConservationZone C2 – Environmental Conservation
Zone E3 – Environmental ManagementZone C3 – Environmental Management
Zone E4 – Environmental LivingZone C4 – Environmental Living

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, lot size maps etc.). Through zoning and development controls, the LEP allows Council to manage the way in which land is used to shape our local communities. It is also a way of reflecting strategic land use planning undertaken by Councils - for example, by providing an adequate supply of land for housing and employment.

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