NSW Employment Zones Reform – Changes to Business and Industrial Zones

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is currently exhibiting the translation of existing Business and Industrial zones into the new Employment zones across NSW. 

This is the implementation stage of a reform that replaces Business and Industrial zones with Employment zones within all local environmental plans across NSW.

Implementation follows the introduction the Employment zones within the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 in December 2021.

Have your say

To view the detail of the exhibition and make a submission, please visit the department’s Planning Portal.

The exhibition period closes on Tuesday 12 July 2022.

The Employment Zones Reform webpage also provides general information on the reform process.

What's next?

After the exhibition period, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment will be working with councils to finalise implementation ahead of the new zones coming into force on 1 December 2022.


Please contact the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on 1300 420 596 or employment.zones@planning.nsw.gov.au.