What is Planning?

Property Zoning Map

Council regulates the use and development of the land in its municipal area through the administration of the planning approval process. Proposals are assessed against Council's planning scheme and the State's planning legislation, primarily the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA).  This Act details the process Council is required to follow.  The approval process is primarily concerned with the impact of a proposal on the site and neighbouring land.  Some of the issues considered are:      

  • Will it cause overshadowing or a loss of privacy for neighbours?
  • Is it located an appropriate distance from the property boundaries?
  • Is the scale and size of the development appropriate for the area?
  • Is there adequate car parking?
  • Does it create any access or traffic safety issues?
  • Are the hours of operation appropriate for the area?
  • Are there any environmental constraints that need to be considered?  

West Tamar Interim Planning Scheme 2013 - Zones - 16 September 2020.pdf  (2.4MB)
West Tamar Interim Planning Scheme 2013 - Codes - 16 September 2020.pdf  (2MB)
Zone Mapbook 2013 (5.6MB)
Overlay Mapbook 2013 (16.1MB)

Planning - Forms and Information

Planning Application Checklist.pdf
Development Application Form - Section 57-58 (222.1 KB)
Notice of Election for a Court Hearing (140.6 KB)

Visitor Accommodation Use in Existing Buildings

The Standard Application Package comprises an Application for Planning Permit and a Building Self-assessment Form.

Visitor-Accommodation-Standard-Application-Package-1-August-2018.pdf (200KB)
New Visitor Accommodation Use information Sheet.PDF (160KB)

Tasmanian Planning Scheme

The Tasmanian Government is reforming the State’s planning system by introducing a single planning scheme – the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme comprises two parts:

  • The State Planning Provisions (SPPs), and
  • The Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs).

State Planning Provisions  (SPPs)

The SPPs that form part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme are designed to provide a consistent set of planning rules and provides for 23 zones and 16 codes that apply State-wide making up a suite of controls that are to be applied by local councils.

The zones indicate what use and development is appropriate for each zone such as residential, business, agriculture, utilities, environmental and recreational uses.

The codes provide pathways or requirements for dealing with land use issues which occur across Tasmania and may apply across a range of zones, covering matters such as natural hazards, local heritage values, natural assets, parking requirements and the protection of road, railway and electricity infrastructure.

Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs)

The LPSs are intended to apply the SPPs while meeting local needs and objectives. The LPSs that apply to each municipal area include zone and overlay maps (indicating where the zones and codes apply), local area objectives, code lists, particular purpose zones, specific area plans, and any site-specific qualifications. Councils are responsible for preparing the LPSs for their municipal area.

Councils are required to amend their zone maps, to implement the suite of zones provided for in the SPPs. The zone maps will be largely a translation from the current Interim Planning Schemes (see above). In considering any zoning conversion or rezoning, the Council is constrained by the guidelines provided by the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) see Guideline No. 1 – Local Provisions Schedules (LPS): zone and code application.

Guidance for drafting local provisions schedules

Process for implementation:

Council endorsed the draft LPS at the Council meeting on 15th October 2019 and submitted the draft LPSs to the Tasmanian Planning Commission on the 5th December 2019 for consideration prior to the public exhibition and assessment process.

Councils are required under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act), to publicly exhibit their draft LPSs for 60 days. The Act provides that any person can make a representation (submission) on the draft LPSs within that 60 day time period.

Council will then consider the representations that are received and provide a report to the Tasmanian Planning Commission on those representations. The TPC will undertake a statutory assessment of the draft LPS, the representations on the draft LPS together with other matters it is required to consider about each draft LPS.

Post Lodgement Conferences:

On 29 June 2020 the Tasmanian Planning Commission and West Tamar Council held a non-statutory post lodgement conference to discuss the matters set out in the post lodgement conference agendas.


As noted above, Council endorsed the draft LPS for submission to the TPC at the Council meeting on 15 October 2019. Council now needs to wait for the TPC to direct Council that the draft LPS be advertised (paced on exhibition). The timeframe for this to occur is up to the TPC and therefore currently unknown. Once the timing of the exhibition period is known it will be noted here and broadly advertised.

The progress of all Council’s LPS can be monitored by searching on the Current Assessments and Hearings Website

Further information:
More information on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (SPPs and LPPs) can be obtained from the following sources:

Tasmanian Planning Scheme Fact Sheet
Tasmanian Planning Commission State Planning Provisions
Tasmanian Planning Reform

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