State planning regulatory provisions (SPRPs) are state planning instruments made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that regulate development. SPRPs can apply to all or part of the state and can be used in the following circumstances:
- to provide regulatory support for regional planning and master planning
- to provide for charges for infrastructure
- to protect planning scheme areas from adverse environmental, cultural, economic or social conditions.
The SPRPs may:
- specify categories of development, including prohibited development
- specify levels of assessment, such as code assessment or impact assessment
- include a code or other criteria to be used in development assessment
- regulate development
- provide for matters in which the state planning regulatory provision can apply, for example to address a risk of serious environmental harm.
Statutory regional plans utilise SPRPs however, not all statutory regional plans will require regulatory provisions. The need for regulatory provisions will be determined when developing a regional plan.
If a delay in implementing a SPRP will increase the risk of serious adverse conditions or compromise the implementation of a regional plan, the draft SPRP may have immediate effect, for a period of 12 months. This means that draft SPRPs may be in operation and effective while public consultation is carried out and submissions about the provisions are being considered.