Sydney Water Catchment Authority

Development within the Sydney Water Catchment

Sections of the Upper Lachlan Shire Council fall within the Sydney Water Catchment, where developments are proposed within the catchment the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 requires Council to ensure that such development has a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality (NorBE).

Council will complete a NorBE assessments for development applications (DAs) that have a lower risk to water quality and refer more complex DAs to WaterNSW for concurrence.

The following quick guide to development in the catchment aims to help you understand the DA process and how you can meet the water quality requirements for your development proposal: