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Shelter-in-place Guideline

In January 2023, the department exhibited a draft Shelter-in-place Guideline so that, once finalised, there will be clear and consistent guidance for the community, councils and consent authorities about when shelter-in-place can be used as an alternative to evacuation off-site/out of the floodplain.

This guideline outlines considerations for council development control plans and development approvals.

The draft guideline was on exhibition for public comment from 17 January until 28 February 2023. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to inform the final guideline.

Exhibited document

More information

For more information on flood planning, visit our website.

If you have any queries, you can contact us at [email protected]


  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal