Planning & Development
 Cobar Local Environment Plan 2012 (LEP)
Far West Regional Plan
 Local Strategic Planning Statement

From 1 July 2021 all applications for development must be lodged through the NSW Planning Portal.

For information regarding applications, go to the NSW Planning Portal website.

Planning & Development 

The Council's planning & development duties involve a wide range of functions including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Preparaton and administration of local environemtal plans and development control plans
  • Assessing development applications and issuing development consents
  • Issuing compying development certificates and construction certificates
  • Issuing approvals for the connection of premises to water supplies and sewerage systems
  • Issuing approvals for a wide range of activities as delegated by various Acts and Regulations.

Refer to Planning & Environment's 'Applications & Forms' section of the website to download applications for building work or development approval.

Cobar Local Environmental Plan 2012

Cobar Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Cobar LEP 2012) is the statutory planning instrument that establishes what forms of development and land use are permissible and/or prohibited on all land within the Cobar Shire Council local government area.

The Cobar LEP 2012 consists of both a written instrument and a series of maps and includes:

  • General land use zoning (e.g. zones for residential, business, open space, etc)
  • Permissibility of development within a zone
  • Land use definitions
  • Heritage items and their conservation
  • General information to be included with certain types of development applications.

The Cobar LEP 2012 is a legal document that is approved by the Minister for Planning and subsequently published on the NSW legislation website. The Cobar LEP 2012 was published on 3 August 2012 and may be subject to future amendments.

The Cobar LEP 2012 is available for viewing at the Council Adminsitration Office, 36 Linsley St, Cobar or may be accessed on the NSW Legislation website.

Persons may apply to Cobar Shire Council for a s149 Planning Certificate under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to confirm the applications of Cobar LEP 2012 to a particular area of land.

Environmental Protection Zones

As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environmental 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.

Current name

New name

Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves

Zone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves

Zone E2 – Environmental Conservation

Zone C2 – Environmental Conservation

Zone E3 – Environmental Management

Zone C3 – Environmental Management

Zone E4 – Environmental Living

Zone C4 – Environmental Living

For further information go to NSW Legislation website.

Far West Regional Plan 2036

The Far West Regional Plan 2036 is a 20 year blueprint for the future of Western NSW and can be downloaded and/or viewed here. 

Local Strategic Planning Statement

Council in conjunction with the Department of Planning has prepared a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which was adopted on 28 May 2020 at the Ordinary Meeting of Council. This document will set out the 20-year vision for land-use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.

The statements should be read in conjunction with relevant State and Regional planning policies and plans, which will continue to guide planning decisions and the preparation of development controls in local environmental plans. The LSPS can be downloaded and/or viewed here.