The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires the public disclosure of donations or gifts when lodging or commenting on development proposals. This law is designed to improve the transparency of the planning system.
The laws set out disclosure requirements for individuals or entities with a relevant financial interest as part of the lodgement of:
- various types of development proposals
- requests to initiate environmental planning instruments or development control plans.
These disclosure requirements apply at the time of lodgement to councils or the NSW Government. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they have met the requirements specified under the Act. Disclosure requirements also apply to individuals or entities lodging submissions in objection or support to these types of proposals.
Further information on donation and gift disclosure is available on the NSW Government Planning and Environment webpage.
Disclosure of Donations Form
This form may be used to make a political donations and gifts disclosure under section 147(4) and (5) of the Environmental Planning Assessment Act 1979 for applications or public submissions to a council.