Development Control Plan 2023

The Development Control Plan (DCP) 2023 has been prepared to guide future development of the Newcastle local government area, and to support our vision for a smart, liveable and sustainable global city. The DCP provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the local planning controls in the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012.

Why we've updated the DCP

We've conducted a comprehensive review of the DCP 2012. The review considered the relevance of our development controls, and whether they reflect best practice guidelines, adopted land use strategies, and City of Newcastle priorities. The DCP 2023 replaces and repeals the Newcastle DCP 2012.

Key changes

The DCP 2023 features a new structure and provides easier to use guidance on:

  • liveable housing for aging in place and people with mobility needs
  • infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and public transport usage
  • retention of trees, increased private landscaping and trees with industrial and residential development
  • cool facades and design solutions to minimise urban heat
  • local character area sections for Tighes Hill and Kotara.

Thanks for having your say!

Thank you to everyone who provided a submission. The Draft Development Control Plan was placed on public exhibition from Thursday 28 September to Friday 27 October 2023. Read the Public Exhibition Report to find out what we heard.

On December 12 2023, Council voted to approve the Newcastle DCP 2023, which will become operational on 1 March 2024. View the full Council Report on our Council Meetings webpage.

For further information about the DCP and to view the latest document, visit the DCP webpage of CN's website.