Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203
54 Relevant planning authority
(1) For the purposes of this Part, the relevant planning authority in respect of a proposed instrument is as follows:
(a) the council for the local government area to which the proposed instrument is to apply, subject to paragraph (b),
(b) the Secretary or any other person or body prescribed by the regulations if the Minister so directs under subsection (2).
(2) The Minister may direct that the Secretary (or any other person or body prescribed by the regulations) is the relevant planning authority for a proposed instrument in the following cases:
(a) the proposed instrument relates to a matter that, in the opinion of the Minister, is of State or regional environmental planning significance,
(b) the proposed instrument makes provision that, in the opinion of the Minister, is consequential on the approval of the concept plan for a project under Part 3A, is consequential on the making of another environmental planning or other instrument or is consequential on changes made to a standard instrument under section 33A,
(c) the Planning Assessment Commission or a joint regional planning panel has recommended to the Minister that the proposed instrument should be submitted for a determination under section 56 (Gateway determination) or that the proposed instrument should be made,
(d) the council for the local government area concerned has, in the opinion of the Minister, failed to comply with its obligations with respect to the making of the proposed instrument or has not carried out those obligations in a satisfactory manner,
(e) the proposed instrument is to apply to an area that is not within a local government area (subject to subsection (6)).
(3) A relevant planning authority that is requested by the owner of any land to exercise its functions under this Division in relation to the land may, as a condition of doing so, require the owner to carry out studies or provide other information concerning the proposal or to pay the costs of the authority in accordance with the regulations.
(4) The Minister may, in a direction under this section, require a council to provide studies or other information in its possession relating to the proposed instrument to be provided to the person or body specified in the direction as the relevant planning authority for the proposed instrument.
(5) Two or more relevant local authorities may together exercise the functions under this Division of a relevant planning authority in connection with the making of a single principal or amending instrument in relation to the whole of their combined areas.
(6) A reference in this section to a local government area includes a reference to an adjoining area that is not within a local government area and that is designated as part of that local government area for the purposes of this Division by the Minister by order published in the Gazette.
Note. Section 117 enables directions to be given to councils or other relevant planning authorities on the exercise of functions under this Division in relation to the making of an instrument.