Street art - amendments for Sydney and South Sydney local environmental plans

The City is proposing planning changes that will make it easier for street artists to exhibit their work in the city.

Street art can be inscriptions, words, figures or word designs that are marked, scratched, drawn, spray-painted, pasted, applied or otherwise fixed to a surface. This includes murals and graffiti, that have been commissioned with the consent of the premises owner.

Street art is a visible and accessible art form and the City wants to support lawfully created works in appropriate locations.

These proposed changes remove the need for street artists to get development consent if their work is outside of conservation and special character areas, not on heritage items, and their artwork meets specific criteria set out in local Environmental plans, including it:
a) is not advertising
b) has land owners consent
c) does not discriminate against or vilify a person or section of the community
d) is not sexually exploitative or degrading
e) does not use language or depict material contrary to prevailing community standards
f) does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person
g) does not project from a surface.

The proposed changes affect a number of plans:

  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2005
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Green Square Town Centre) 2013
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Green Square Town Centre Stage 2) 2013
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Glebe Affordable Housing Project) 2011
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Harold Park) 2011
  • South Sydney Local Environmental Plan 1998
  • South Sydney Local Environmental Plan No. 114.

If Council approves this planning proposal after public exhibition, it can amend the Sydney local environmental plans on behalf of the Minister for Planning.


The City is proposing planning changes that will make it easier for street artists to exhibit their work in the city.

Street art can be inscriptions, words, figures or word designs that are marked, scratched, drawn, spray-painted, pasted, applied or otherwise fixed to a surface. This includes murals and graffiti, that have been commissioned with the consent of the premises owner.

Street art is a visible and accessible art form and the City wants to support lawfully created works in appropriate locations.

These proposed changes remove the need for street artists to get development consent if their work is outside of conservation and special character areas, not on heritage items, and their artwork meets specific criteria set out in local Environmental plans, including it:
a) is not advertising
b) has land owners consent
c) does not discriminate against or vilify a person or section of the community
d) is not sexually exploitative or degrading
e) does not use language or depict material contrary to prevailing community standards
f) does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person
g) does not project from a surface.

The proposed changes affect a number of plans:

  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2005
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Green Square Town Centre) 2013
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Green Square Town Centre Stage 2) 2013
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Glebe Affordable Housing Project) 2011
  • Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Harold Park) 2011
  • South Sydney Local Environmental Plan 1998
  • South Sydney Local Environmental Plan No. 114.

If Council approves this planning proposal after public exhibition, it can amend the Sydney local environmental plans on behalf of the Minister for Planning.