Planning guidelines & tools

A range of codes and policies apply to different development types and locations. These determine how you can use land and what you can build in Kempsey Shire.

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 (

Employment zones commence within Kempsey Local Environmental Plan on 26 April 2023.

From 26 April 2023, in a document (other than a state environmental planning policy) a reference to a former zone under an environmental planning instrument is taken to include a reference to a new zone under the environmental planning instrument.

To determine the new zone for previously zoned Business and Industrial zoned land please refer to the published Equivalent zone tables (

NB: Document means an Act, statutory or other instrument, contract or agreement, and includes a document issued or made under or for the purposes of an Act or statutory or other instrument.


Kempsey Local Environmental Plan 2013

Every council prepares a local environmental plan to establish the requirements for land use and guide planning decisions in the local government area. This includes matters that Council must consider when determining development applications. 

Kempsey Development Control Plan 2013

A development control plan (DCP) provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the local environmental plan.

Go to the Kempsey Development Control Plan 2013. You can also download individual chapters of the plan on our website.

Council policies

When preparing a development application, you may also need to refer to the following Council policies and procedures:

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