Policies and Guidelines

There are strict policies in place to govern what can be developed in Hornsby Shire and how development can be carried out. Below are the planning instruments that guide development in Hornsby Shire.

Hornsby Development Control Plan

Hornsby Shire Council’s HDCP provides simple guidance on how development may occur.

Hornsby Local Environmental Plan

The HLEP 2013 is Council’s main planning instrument, outlining what can be developed where. It features both a written instrument and maps.

Development Contributions Plan

Council charges a contribution for new developments to provide local services and facilities that are required because of the development.

The framework for charging development contribution fees for various types of development is set out in Council’s Section 7.11 and 7.12 Development Contributions Plan.

Hornsby Shire Council Local Planning Panel

The Local Planning Panel comprises qualified people independent of Council that have the functions of a Council as a consent authority determine a range of development applications.

Planning Controls and Studies

Before preparing a major amendment to the Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plan, Council conducts a Planning Study.

Development Control Plan policies

Council has adopted a number of policies to complement the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.

Planning Proposals

There are a number of steps to making a Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The first step is the preparation of a Planning Proposal.

Hornsby Community Participation Plan

Community participation is an overarching term covering how we engage the community in our work under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.The purpose of the Hornsby Shire Community Participation Plan (CPP) is to provide a single document that the community can access which sets out how they can participate in planning matters. This includes plan making, development assessment, strategy development and planning proposals that are required to be assessed and determined by Council or local, district or regional planning panels.

The CPP will not relate to any other functions of Council other than those for planning. It overrides the notification and exhibition requirements for development applications currently contained within Part 1B.5 Notification and Exhibition of the Hornsby Development Control Plan (HDCP) in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

To see how you can get involved in planning matters, you can view the Hornsby CPP below.

View the Community Particiption Plan

For more information phone 9847 6726 or email