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.
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.
The template must be completed for the specific development types and scales defined in Section 2.
Notes on completing this template
You are urged to prepare your responses before completing this template
Partially completed templates can be saved and finished later using the SAVE button at the bottom of the form.
We recommend you download and complete the supporting Word document/guide first. This will help you prepare your responses before completing the online 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.