Approval to Undertake Work in Mine Subsidence Districts - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this approval if you intend to undertake development in a mine subsidence district. Mine subsidence districts are areas that have been affected by mining activities. There are currently 19 mine subsidence districts in New South Wales:  

  • Appin
  • Bargo
  • East Maitland
  • Hue Hue
  • Kilingworth / Wallsend
  • Lake Macquarie and Extension
  • Lithgow
  • Mitchells Flat
  • Muswellbrook
  • Newcastle
  • Patrick Plains
  • South Campbelltown
  • Sawansea North Entrance and Extension
  • West Lake
  • Wilton
  • Mandalong
  • Wyong
  • Picton
  • Tomalpin

District maps are available on the agency website.  

Approval is required to alter existing structures, erect new structures or to subdivide land within a mine subsidence district. Planning and other approvals may also be required. You do not need this approval if the type of work you intend to undertake is minor and would not otherwise require approval from your local council.

If you have already started work without obtaining this approval, you can apply for a certificate of compliance. This certificate will confirm that your work meets all the appropriate requirements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for approval, you must:

  • be planning building work in a mine subsidence district or planning to subdivide the land     
  • have architectural plans that identify key structural points that comply with the Building Code of Australia and best building practices
  • be able to provide any relevant information or documentation relating to your planned development.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Approval time

5 to 10 working days.

Additional information

The agency may place conditions, restrictions or a time limit on your approval. The agency can assist you with the planning of building work in a mine subsidence district

Administering agency

Subsidence Advisory NSW

Act(s) name

Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Mine Subsidence Compensation Regulation 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Subsidence Advisory NSW

Operating address:
99 Menangle Street
Picton, New South Wales 2571
Operating address:
117 Bull Street
Newcastle West
New South Wales 2302
Mailing address:
Picton, New South Wales 2571
Mailing address:
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300


02 4908 4395


02 4929 1032


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