Development Control and Structure Plans

Development Control Plans (DCPs) are adopted by Council to provide greater planning detail for developments, supplementing the zoning and development standards contained within Local Environmental Plans.  

They promote better development throughout the City, protecting the community's lifestyle and enjoyment of town centres and neighbourhoods.

The NSW Planning System allows applicants to provide alternative design solutions to meet identified objectives or outcomes and have these alternatives considered on merit. Consult with Council planning staff for more information.

There are a number of Development Control Plans that apply to Fairfield City, including the Fairfield City Wide Development Control Plan 2013 and Site Specific Development Control Plans that apply to either town centres or development sites. There are also Development Control Plans that may not yet be in force, however, have been prepared and are awaiting a rezoning.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment have finalised a new Employment zone structure for all Business (B) and Industrial (IN) zoned land. The new zone structure commenced within Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 on 26 April 2023. From 26 April 2023, a reference to a former business or industrial zone in a document (including Council Development Control Plans) is taken to include a reference to a new employment or supporting zone under the environmental planning instrument.

Accordingly, any reference to a Business and Industrial zone within Council DCPs is now taken to mean the equivalent employment or supporting land use zone as shown in the following table:

Current Zone Reference New Zone Reference

B1 Neighbourhood Centre

E1 Local Centre

B2 Local Centre

E1 Local Centre with Additional Permitted Use provisions (Key Site No. 31) to allow registered clubs and tourist and visitor accommodation

B3 Commercial Core

E2 Commercial Centre

B4 Mixed Use

MU1 Mixed Use

B5 Business Development

E4 General Industrial with Additional Permitted Use provisions (Key Site No. 30) to allow health consulting rooms, information and education facilities, medical centres and specialised retail premises.

B6 Enterprise Corridor

E3 Productivity Support

IN1 General Industrial

E4 General Industrial

IN2 Light Industrial

E4 General Industrial


Over the next several months Council will be updating Development Control Plans, Contributions Plans and other relevant material which reference business or industrial zones to ensure that the new employment zones land use structure is referenced accurately within all documents.

To determine the new zone for previously zoned Business and Industrial land please refer to the published equivalent zones tables [alternatively Council can reproduce the specific table].


Click here for further information on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Employment Zones Reform. Employment zones reform - (

NB: Document means an Act, statutory or other instrument, contract or agreement, and includes a document issued or made under or for the purposes of an Act or statutory or other instrument.