What is a Statement of Environmental Effects?

04/05/2017 3:42 am

In NSW a Development Application (DA) must include sufficient information to enable the environmental impact of the development and project to be assessed by the Council. This includes a Statement of Environmental Effects, this is set out in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR).

In short a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) is a written report that identifies and explains the anticipated impacts of the project and how the proponent will minimise these impacts. The statement includes written information about your proposal that cannot be readily shown on your plans and drawings.

Only a very brief statement is required for proposals likely to have little impact, eg. internal alterations, and certain minor residential building work (except heritage items or a heritage conservation area).  You must however explain why there will be little impact. For larger more significant development applications a more comprehensive SEE is typically required to outline the impacts.

A Statement of Environmental Effects details:

  • How the application will comply with council's development control requirements (how the development will blend with the existing character of the locality),
  • The steps that need to be taken to protect your neighbours (from being overlooked or having their views interrupted for example),
  • The steps taken to protect the environment or lessen the expected impacts of the proposed development, and
  • Written information that cannot be readily shown on a plan or drawing.