The Scheme

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme will deliver consistency in the planning controls applying across the State, and provide the necessary flexibility to address local issues.

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Act 2015 made changes to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Principal Act) to allow for the Tasmanian Planning Scheme to be established, consisting of State Planning Provisions and Local Provisions Schedules.

State Planning Provisions

The State Planning Provisions came into effect on 2 March 2017 as part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, but they have no practical effect until a Local Provisions Schedule is in effect in a municipal area.

The State Planning Provisions provide a consistent set of planning rules for 23 generic zones and 16 codes making up a suite of controls that can be applied by local councils.


More information

A series of fact sheets and frequently asked questions are available that set out how the State Planning Provisions address particular matters such as

  • natural assets
  • residential development
  • business and commercial
  • heritage
  • parks and reserves
  • rural and agriculture and
  • tourism

The Local Provisions Schedules are intended to apply the State Planning Provisions while meeting local needs and objectives.

The Local Provisions Schedules that are now operational are available (along with the accompanying State Planning Provisions) on the Tasmanian Planning Commission website and include:

Burnie LPS

Brighton LPS

Circular Head LPS

Devonport LPS

Meander Valley LPS

West Coast LPS

The schedules include planning controls to accommodate unique locations such as universities and hospitals, as well as unique development conditions such as building height restrictions.

To further meet their communities’ needs, councils are responsible for preparing their Local Provisions Schedules in consultation with local stakeholders and community members.

Councils must submit their draft Local Provisions Schedules to the Tasmanian Planning Commission for consideration prior to the public exhibition and assessment process.

A series of guidelines will be released to help councils draft their Local Provisions Schedules.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has released a series of practice notes to help councils draft their Local Provisions Schedules.

Review our frequently asked questions to find out more about Local Provisions Schedules.