Where is the State-wide Planning Scheme at?

In 2015 the Tasmanian Government embarked on replacing the currently operating local council interim planning schemes / planning schemes that are different within each of the 29 municipalities, with a consistent state-wide Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS). The TPS will consist of:

  • planning rules (State Planning Provisions (SPP)) which apply across all of Tasmania, and
  • Local Planning Schedules (LPS) - maps that show which areas need to comply with which rules, as well as specific rules for unique places which will be different for each municipality.

The state-wide planning provisions

The SPP were drafted by the State Government and assessed by the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC), coming into effect in 22 February 2017. To ensure the SPPs are contemporary and up-to-date, they will be reviewed every 5 years.  Between major reviews, minor amendments can be made to address particular issues.  So far two minor amendments were made which came into effect on 19 April 2018 and 19 February 2020.  A major review will commence in 2022, with a further minor review likely to occur later this year. A copy of the SPP and further information can be found here.

Local planning schedules

The LPS are drafted by each local council.  The majority of the LPS have been lodged for assessment with the TPC.  There is a set assessment process which includes a 60 day public exhibition period.  A  flow chart detailing the process can be found on the TPC website. Further information on where each individual local planning schedule is at can also be found on the Tasmanian Planning Commission website.

Implementation

Implementation of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme will be staggered as each LPS is approved for each municipality; with state-wide adoption expected by the end of 2021.

Further information on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme can be found on the Planning Policy Unit’s website or by contacting the Unit on 6166 1429.