Tasmanian Planning Scheme

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.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is being rolled out across the State.  To view the Tasmanian Planning Scheme currently in operation, go to the Tasmanian Planning Commission website.

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 Tasmanian Planning Scheme is being rolled out across the State as the Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) for each municipality is approved by the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission (the Commission).

The Local Provisions Schedules indicate how the State Planning Provisions (zones and codes) will apply in each local municipal area. They will contain the zone maps and overlay maps or description of places where the codes apply.

They will also contain local area objectives and any planning controls for unique places specific to the local area. These unique areas can be in the form of particular purpose zones, specific area plans, and site-specific qualifications.

To further meet their communities’ needs, councils are responsible for preparing their LPS in consultation with local stakeholders and community members. Councils must submit their draft LPSs to the Tasmanian Planning Commission for consideration prior to the public exhibition and assessment process.

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

The latest Tasmanian Planning Scheme to become effective: Glenorchy Local Provisions Schedule (LPS).

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is now in operation within the councils listed below.  Links are provided to each Council Local Provisions Schedule (along with the accompanying State Planning Provisions) on the Tasmanian Planning Commission website:

Burnie LPS

Brighton LPS

Circular Head LPS

Devonport LPS

Glenorchy LPS

Meander Valley LPS

West Coast LPS

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