State Planning Provisions review - scoping issues

Summary of key issues raised in scoping consultation released

What's new?  A summary of the key issues raised in SPPs issues scoping consultation (PDF, 459.9 KB) has been released. See below for what happens next.


This is just the start of the five yearly SPPs review process and the first of many opportunities to get involved.

The SPPs are the statewide set of consistent planning rules in the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS). The SPPs 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 TPS, along with the administrative, general, and exemption provisions.

The SPPs are being reviewed for the first time with the process occurring in two stages over approximately 2 years. Regular review of the SPPs is not only a statutory requirement but also represents best practice ensuring we implement constant improvement and keep pace with emerging planning issues and pressures.

The review does not include each council’s Local Provisions Schedule that also form part of the planning rules in the TPS.


The scoping consultation period is now closed. There will be more opportunities to get involved. See below for what happens next.

Key document

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

Supporting information

Submissions received

What happens next?

Stage 1 - scoping of key themes or parts of the SPPs that require detailed review.

Following the first examination of all the submissions received, a short report summarising the issues raised is now available:

A more detailed report explaining the way the feedback will be used in the review process will be made available in the coming months.

The feedback provided will shape the review process, inform future SPP amendments and separate projects for further research and consultation.

Some matters raised may be addressed in the short-term through amendments to the SPPs. Others may require the finalisation of the Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs) before also progressing through the amendment process.

The SPPs amendment process includes public consultation, public hearings, and independent review by the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Stage 2 - reviewing consistency of SPPs with the Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs), once they are made.

Stage 2 involves a review of the SPPs for consistency with the TPPs, once they are made. This may lead to further amendments to the SPPs. Please note, the five yearly SPPs review will not be completed until after the TPPs are finalised in approximately the last quarter of 2023.

For more information about the SPPs review process and the State Planning Office work program:

State Planning Provisions Review timeline

State Planning Provisions in the Tasmanian planning system

The SPPs are just one part of the Tasmanian planning system.

The SPPs, along with each council’s Local Provisions Schedule, are the planning rules to assess proposals for use and development under the TPS.

The SPP’s will not cover every situation and will work with the locally unique planning rules in each council’s Local Provisions Schedule (such as Particular Purpose Zones, Specific Area Plans and Site-specific qualifications.

The Tasmanian planning system also includes government policies (the State Policies, the Tasmanian Planning Policies) and strategic planning documents (the regional land use strategies and a range of other regional, sub-regional and local strategic planning documents).

The Tasmanian planning system also operates in conjunction with a range of other legislation for managing environmental and natural values, Aboriginal heritage, marine farming, mineral resources, and infrastructure (such as electricity, water, sewerage, stormwater and gas).

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.