The bed of Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay, Newcastle Harbour and Port Kembla Harbour is publicly-owned land. This land is vested in Roads and Maritime Services who manages it for the benefit of the people of NSW.
Any development, occupation or use of these waterways requires the consent of Roads and Maritime as landowner, in addition to any required planning or construction approvals. You may also require an appropriate form of tenure prior to undertaking any development on Roads and Maritime land. For more information on tenure agreements see Leasing.
There are numerous planning approval pathways for development in NSW, depending on the nature and type of development proposed. Most development for new or replacement structures within Sydney Harbour requires development consent. However, in some cases, repairs and maintenance works and other more minor development may be categorised as exempt development, complying development or development permissible without consent.
More information on the development and planning processes for development on Sydney Harbour:
- Construction certification
- Development applications
- Development permissible without consent
- Engineering guidelines for maritime structures
- Permission to lodge
- Repairs and maintenance of waterway structures
- Subdivision certificate applications
- Useful information - water-based development
- Documents and forms
If you wish to obtain hard copies of any of the guidelines or forms, wish to discuss your application or require any further information please contact the Planning Property Branch on 13 12 36.
We would also be happy to organise a time to discuss your proposal in person at either Rozelle or Parramatta. Please contact the Property Strategy & Planning Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 13 22 13 to arrange a suitable time and place for a meeting.