Site Compatibility Certificates

Site Compatibility Certificates (SCCs) ensure development proposals are broadly compatible with surrounding land uses, before they proceed to the DA lodgement, assessment and determination stage. The Department of Planning and Environment oversees the issuing of SCCs.
The issuing of an SCC does not mean that the development has been approved by the Department and can now be constructed – it is only the first step in the assessment process.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004 (Seniors Housing SEPP)
The Seniors Housing SEPP aims to facilitate development of housing for seniors and people with a disability in a way that balances the growing demand for accommodation with maintaining the character and feel of local neighbourhoods.
Subject to certain criteria, an SCC allows a development application for seniors housing to be considered on land if the proposed development is compatible with the surrounding land uses.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (the Infrastructure SEPP)
The Infrastructure SEPP aims to facilitate additional uses, co-location and redevelopment of State land and certain other land, if the proposed development is compatible with surrounding land uses.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (Affordable Housing SEPP)
The Affordable Housing SEPP facilitates development for affordable housing of land near key railway stations and nominated cities and towns without the need for a rezoning, if the proposed development is compatible with surrounding land uses.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (Education SEPP)
The The Education SEPP aims to facilitate new or improved child-care, schools, TAFEs and university facilities by streamlining approval processes to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW.