State Planning Provisions review - scoping issues

What's new?

  1. The Tasmanian Government is currently seeking input to help scope the issues for the five yearly review of the State Planning Provisions (SPPs).

    Consultation Period:   25 May 2022 - 29 July 2022  Now extended until 12 August 2022

    See below for more information on what is being considered in this consultation, and advice on how to have your say.
  2. Amendment 01-2021 of the State Planning Provisions becomes effective on 20 July 2022
  3. Review of the State Planning Provisions (SPPs) - Briefing and Q&A Session (PDF, 623.7 KB) - 23 June 2022


The SPPs are the statewide set of consistent planning rules in the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, which are used for the assessment of applications for planning permits. The SPPs contain the planning rules for the 23 zones and 16 codes in the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, along with the administrative, general, and exemption provisions.

Regular review of the SPPs is best practice ensuring we implement constant improvement and keep pace with emerging planning issues and pressures. While the SPPs are not yet in effect across all areas of the State, a suitable period has now passed since the SPPs were drafted to initiate a review. The full suite of SPPs have been in effect in some local government areas for nearly two years.  Some parts of the SPPs are also already in effect in the remaining interim planning schemes. This provides enough information and experience for conducting the review.

The SPPs will also require review for consistency with the Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs) once they are made.

Review Process

The SPPs review will occur in two stages. The Government has commenced the first stage with the release of this scoping paper for public comment. The feedback you provide will assist in identifying the key themes or parts of the SPPs that require detailed review.  The review will be conducted through separate projects and will conclude in amendments to the SPPs.

Some matters raised during the consultation period may be addressed in the short-term through amendments to the SPPs, while others may require the finalisation of the TPPs before progressing. As the SPPs also need to be reviewed following the making of the TPPs, please note, the five yearly review will not be completed until the after the TPPs are finalised.

Timeline of SPP review showing first of two stages has commenced with a scoping process.


The State Planning Office is seeking your input on the scope of the SPPs review. The SPPs Review Scoping Paper has been prepared to assist you with providing feedback. This document is available below along with other supporting information. We encourage you to read the SPPs Review Scoping Paper in full before providing your comments as a submission.

For  more information about the State Planning Provisions review program:

Key document

SPPs Review - Scoping Paper - May 2022 (PDF, 438.3 KB)

Supporting information

Guide to the State Planning Provisions - May 2022 (PDF, 384.5 KB)
Summary of Issues previously raised on the SPPs (PDF, 277.1 KB)
Review of Tasmania’s Residential Development Standards – Issues Paper (PDF, 327.7 KB)
More information on the Medium Density Residential Development Standards and Apartment Code
Fact sheets and other publications on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme

Have your say

Community consultation will be held for 2 months starting Wednesday, 25 May 2022. You can have your say by making a written submission and posting or emailing it to our Office by 5pm, Friday, 12 August 2022. Submissions must be received by our Office before the consultation period closes.

Postal address:

State Planning Office
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
Hobart TAS 7001

Email address:

Personal information

Submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website unless confidentiality is specifically requested. No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact the State Planning Office by emailing, or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy.