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Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203
Current version for 25 August 2017 to date (accessed 22 September 2017 at 01:55)
Part 4 Division 7 Section 95
95   Lapsing of consent
(1)  A development consent lapses 5 years after the date from which it operates.
(2)  However, a consent authority may reduce that period of 5 years in granting development consent. This subsection does not apply to development consent granted to a concept development application under Division 2A for development that requires a subsequent development application and consent.
(3)  Such a reduction may not be made so as to cause:
(a)  a development consent to erect or demolish a building or to subdivide land to lapse within 2 years after the date from which the consent operates, or
(b)  a development consent of a kind prescribed by the regulations to lapse within the period prescribed by the regulations in relation to the consent.
(3A)  A reduction that has been made under subsection (2) is to be disregarded if:
(a)  the development consent operated before, and lapses after, the commencement of this subsection (or the development consent lapsed during the period commencing on 22 April 2010 and ending on the commencement of this subsection), or
(b)  the development consent operated before, and lapses after, a date after 1 July 2011 prescribed by the regulations.
A reduction may not be made under subsection (2) during the period commencing on the commencement of this subsection and ending on 1 July 2011 or during any subsequent period prescribed by the regulations.
(4)  Development consent for:
(a)  the erection of a building, or
(b)  the subdivision of land, or
(c)  the carrying out of a work,
does not lapse if building, engineering or construction work relating to the building, subdivision or work is physically commenced on the land to which the consent applies before the date on which the consent would otherwise lapse under this section.
(5)  Development consent for development other than that referred to in subsection (4) does not lapse if the use of any land, building or work the subject of that consent is actually commenced before the date on which the consent would otherwise lapse.
(6)  Despite any other provision of this section, a development consent that is subject to a deferred commencement condition under section 80 (3) lapses if the applicant fails to satisfy the consent authority as to the matter specified in the condition within 5 years from the grant of the consent or, if a shorter period is specified by the consent authority, within the period so specified.
(7)  The regulations may set out circumstances in which work is or is not taken to be physically commenced for the purposes of this section.