Gateway Certificate for Development on Strategic Agricultural Land - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you intend to carry out mining or coal seam gas development on strategic agricultural land and its associated water resources. Please be aware that you must obtain this certificate before you can proceed with a Development Application (DA).

Strategic agricultural land includes:

  • Biophysical Strategic Agricultural land (BSAL) - land with unique soil, water and land characteristics which have high agricultural value to NSW; and
  • Critical Industry Cluster (CIC) - significant agricultural industries potentially impacted by coal seam gas or mining development. Two CICs have been identified - the equine and viticulture industries in the Upper Hunter region.

For details on the above areas, please see the website.

Obtaining this certificate will help ensure that your development will result in minimal environmental impacts to valuable land in NSW. Any impacts identified can be addressed in the next stage of your application, the development application (DA), which will be subject to the establishment development assessment process.

You may be required to undertake a process of site verification that will verify if land is classified as biophysical strategic agricultural land (BSAL).

Please see the attached documents or contact the Agency for more details.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


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Gateway Certificate - Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for a copy of this document.

Approval time

Gateway Certificate: the Panel can take up to 90 days to complete their assessment.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Act(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Head Office
Department of Planning and Environment

Operating address:
23-33 Bridge Street
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 39
Sydney,New South Wales,


02 92286111


02 92286455

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