Planning for our Future

The current Sorell Interim Planning Scheme 2015 (Planning Scheme) has been declared and came into operation on 12 August 2015.

The new Planning Scheme has been developed as part of a State-wide planning reform process and contains a mix of State, regional and local provisions and is based on the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy 2010-2035 (amended 1 October 2013) and follows the format and content outlined in the Planning Scheme Template for Tasmania established under Planning Directive No.1: The Format and Structure of Planning Schemes. The Planning Scheme has a contemporary format being “performance based” so that applicants would need to demonstrate, amongst other requirements, how they are meeting the objectives of the Planning Scheme as part of any application.

Where can I view the Sorell Interim Planning Scheme 2015?

The current Scheme for the municipality can be viewed at the State Government’s Iplan website at and includes the text (ordinance) as well as Land Use Zoning and Code overlay maps.

Then select Sorell in the middle column and then select from the drop down menu on the left hand side.

Please be aware that the Iplan Website works best when viewed through Google Chrome or Firefox browser. If there are any problems please consult the “help planning scheme” page on the Iplan website in the first instance? The State government’s Iplan system including LISTmap represents the legal electronic database version of the scheme under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.

Planning schemes in Tasmania are statutory documents implementing the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA). Each municipality in Tasmania is currently governed by an interim planning scheme as part of broader planning reform that is being implemented across the whole of Tasmania by the State Government.

LUPAA identifies an assessment process for planning applications, and the Scheme provides the detailed assessment criteria to be used by Council for each application. Issues to be considered include property zone, use class, proposal design, impact on others and environmental issues.

A single planning scheme for Tasmania

The State Government is developing a single State-wide planning scheme that will replace all current Council interim planning schemes in the near future.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme consists of State Planning Provisions (SPPs) and Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs) for each municipal area. More information on Tasmanian Planning Reform, the State Planning Provisions and to view the Tasmanian Planning Scheme go to the Tasmanian Planning Commission website .

Councils in Tasmania are currently reviewing and developing their individual Local Provisions Schedules.

The following attachment from the Tasmanian Planning Commission provides a flow diagram of the ‘Draft Local Provisions Schedule Approval Process.’

Icon of Local Provisions Schedule Approval Process - Draft 2017 Local Provisions Schedule Approval Process - Draft 2017 (0.1 MiB)