Interim Planning Directive No. 4 - Exemptions, Application Requirements, Special Provisions and Zone Provisions

Issuing of Interim Planning Directive No. 4 – Exemptions, Application Requirements, Special Provisions and Zone Provisions


The Minister for Planning has issued Interim Planning Directive No. 4 – Exemptions, Application Requirements, Special Provisions and Zone Provisions in accordance with the recommendations of the Tasmanian Planning Commission. The interim planning directive comes into effect on 22 February 2021 and applies to all interim planning schemes.

An interim planning directive (IPD) provides for a draft planning directive to have interim effect while it is being formally assessed by the Commission.

IPDs may be issued by the Minister for Planning after considering a recommendation from the Commission regarding a related draft planning directive and if the Minister is satisfied that the provisions are:

  • necessary or desirable to address a critical or significant planning issue in the immediate term; and
  • in the public interest in the immediate term.

Interim Planning Directive 4 (IPD4) implements a limited range of exemptions, application requirements, general provisions, and zone provisions from the State Planning Provisions (SPPs) into current interim planning schemes.

The SPPs were approved in 2017, after formal consultation and assessment processes. The SPPs do not have effect until a council’s Local Provisions Schedule is approved, replacing the current interim planning scheme. With the SPPs currently only implemented in a small number of councils, the improvements they deliver are largely ‘on hold’.

Early implementation of some SPPs will support the recovery from the effects of Covid-19 by:

  • supporting more efficient delivery of housing, public infrastructure, and road works; and
  • clarifying application requirements to assist councils with accepting and determining development applications.

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