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The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the Codes SEPP) specifies exempt development under that Policy.

The Codes SEPP has state-wide application and commenced on 27 February 2009.  Consequently, from that date the exempt development provisions (for the development types covered by the Codes SEPP) in Orange LEP 2000 and DCP 2004 will no longer apply.

A copy of the Codes SEPP is available at:

Further information on the General Housing Code is available at:

For further information please email:  [email protected] or call the Department of Planning’s Information Centre on Freecall 1300 305 695 or 02 9228 6333.

Development Contributions Plan 2017

The Development Contributions Plan 2017 should be considered by anyone planning a property development in Orange. The Development Contribution Plans outline the financial contributions made by developers to Orange City Council towards the costs of public amenities and services. For example, when a property developer is planning a new housing subdivision, the Contributions Plans outline the size of the charges Orange City Council applies to each kind of development.

The funds from these sources are used to pay for infrastructure such as parks, roads, storm water basins and sporting fields.

Orange Development Contributions Plans 2017

2017 Orange Development Contribution Plan – 1 December 2022 to 28 February 2023

Development Contribution Plans – 2017 – Work Maps

Car Parking Development Contributions Plan 2015

The Orange Car Parking Development Contributions Plan 2015 has been prepared to address anticipated demand for car parking in the CBD.  Development sites shown on the map on Page 2 may be required to make financial contributions as set out in the plan.

Orange Car Parking Development Contributions Plan 2015

2015 Car Parking Contribution Plan – 1 December 2022 – 28 February 2023

New draft Contributions Plan for proposed Equine Precinct

Orange City Council has prepared a draft document which outlines the proposed contributions to council which developers would pay towards the costs of community infrastructure in the proposed new Equine Precinct alongside Towac Park racecourse.

You can find out more about the draft here.

Infill Guidelines

The Orange Local Government Area has a number of items and areas of heritage significance.

These areas are highly valued by the community and Orange City Council is committed to conserving their character while supporting adaptive reuse and sympathetic infill development. Good quality and sensitive design of infill development in heritage areas is of paramount importance in retaining the historic character of precincts within Orange, Lucknow and Spring Hill.

An important aspect of good design is designing in context and having regard to the site and its surroundings, with particular consideration to the surrounding built form and significant landscaping.

The NSW Heritage Office and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW 2005 publication Design in Context defines infill as:

a new building in an established and valued historic context. Good infill is building that is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and historic context and creates new structures that enhance and complement the existing urban, suburban or rural character.

Residential infill contributes to the physical and social renewal of the older neighbourhoods, making better use of existing infrastructure, public facilities and services. Likewise, commercial infill takes advantage of premier business locations whilst contributing to active and vibrant streetscapes. Council’s Development Control Plan 2004 currently requires development to complement and relate to the relevant features and built form within existing streetscapes.

Adopted in February 2017, the Infill Guidelines are intended to provide further specialised design guidance for the carrying out of work within a Heritage Conservation Area or within the vicinity of a listed heritage item, to ensure new development harmonises with the character of the neighbourhood.

DCP Infill Guidelines 2017

Draft Orange Housing Strategy

The Orange Housing Strategy was adopted by Orange City Council in June 2022 after an extensive community consultation, which included face-to-face events and an online  conversation on the YourSay Orange platform.

The  Orange Local Housing Strategy – July 2022 is available for download.


Planning and Development : Community Participation Plan 2019

The Planning and Development: Community Participation Plan 2019 is a strategic document that sets the parameters for community participation in the environmental and land-use planning framework of the Orange Local Government Area (‘LGA’).

The Plan must incorporate statutory community participation objectives, which we will use to guide our approach to community engagement.

The Planning and Development Community Participation Plan 2019 can be downloaded here.

Blayney Cabonne Orange Land Use Strategy

The Councils of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange City have joined forces to produce a comprehensive rural and industrial lands strategy, with a focus on guiding future land use planning for each Council as well as the sub-region, for the next 30 years. The Blayney Cabonne Orange Sub-Regional Rural and Industrial Land Use Strategy will guide and inform the preparation of a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for each representative Council.

View the Strategy Document Blayney Cabonne Orange Sub Regional Rural and and Industrial Land Use Strategy

Naturally occurring asbestos

Naturally occurring asbestos deposits were discovered at Narrambla Business Park in 2004.  Mapping of the deposit site was undertaken and planning procedures developed. The report on the investigation and Council’s planning procedures are accessible below.

Asbestos Management Plan

Asbestos Management - ST001

Sustainable Settlement Strategy & Local Environmental Study

In 2010 Council engaged NewPlan to undertake a review of the Sustainable Settlement Strategy to help inform preparation of Orange Local Environmental Plan (OLEP) 2011. The review was publicly exhibited and adopted as part of the OLEP 2011 process. The review updated the location and timing of future urban land releases taking into account a range of developments that had occurred since the 2004 version was prepared. This 2010 review therefore supersedes the 2004 version.

Orange Sustainable Settlement Strategy Update