The City of Sydney is committed to sustainable development and ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste, improving air and water quality and greening our city. Our targets are outlined in our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, which informs our policies and planning controls.
A precondition to receiving development consent is the demonstration of design excellence which incorporates the principles of ecologically sustainable development. The development must also meet the requirements under Section J of the National Construction Code and State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX), where relevant.
This template standardises how applicants demonstrate compliance with relevant planning controls. It ensures the design and technology responses for environmental performance that the applicant proposes are reflected in the submitted plans where appropriate.
It replaces the need for an ecologically sustainable development / ESD report, generic energy efficiency report, or consultant's BASIX report. The information you provide here will form part of any development consent granted.
After submitting this template, a PDF version will be sent to the email address you provided in Section 2. If you are not the development applicant, you should provide the PDF version to your client, or your client’s planning consultant, responsible for collating all documentation for the development application.The applicant must submit an electronic version of this template as part of the development application if the development type requires you to do so.
You will still need to submit any other supporting documentation required under SDCP 2012 and associated codes and policies, such as stormwater/hydraulic plans, landscape plans, NCC Section J Reports, BASIX and NatHERS documentation.
Completing this template is not required for concept applications, unless the concept application includes detailed design, or the City of Sydney has specifically requested completing it.
The template must be completed for the specific development types and scales defined in Section 2.
Note, the online template has word count restrictions in the free text boxes.
If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact David Eckstein by email: RUrqueza@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Notes on completing this template
You will need advanced plans to complete the template
Many of the design elements referenced within the template need to be illustrated on the accompanying architect's drawings, civil engineering drawings, or landscape plans.
You should consider the questions in this template before finalising any plans and accompanying documentation. It is important the information you provide in this template and other documents in your application is consistent.
The template does not prevent applicants from submitting supporting environmental design documentation if you are proposing novel or innovative design or technology.
Topics covered in this template
The template contains questions on familiar environmental design themes. These cover energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions abatement, design for building envelope thermal performance, renewable energy opportunity, design for resilience to climate change, water conservation, stormwater quality, sustainable transport, waste avoidance and resource recovery, and city greening.
Where applicable, the questions direct you to sections of the City of Sydney's planning policies.