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


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. The current mine subsidence districts in New South Wales are:  

  • Appin
  • Bargo
  • Bellbird-Millfield
  • Black Hill
  • Curlewis
  • East Maitland
  • Greta
  • Hue Hue
  • Killingworth-Wallsend
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Lake Macquarie No 1 Extension
  • Lithgow
  • Lithgow South
  • Louth Park
  • Maitland West
  • Mandalong
  • Mitchells Flat
  • Mudgee
  • Muswellbrook
  • Newcastle
  • Patrick Plains
  • Picton
  • South Campbelltown
  • Swansea Heads
  • Swansea North Entrance
  • Tomalpin
  • West Lake
  • Wilton
  • Wyong.

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 Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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

Act(s) name

Mining Subsidence Act 2017 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Mine Subsidence Compensation Regulation 2012 NSW

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.

Disqualified persons or entities

You may not be eligible for approval if the land you wish to develop on is considered unsafe or your building plans do not comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Administering agency

Subsidence Advisory NSW

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Subsidence Advisory NSW

Operating address: 117 Bull Street
Newcastle West
New South Wales 2302
Operating address: 99 Menangle Street
Picton, New South Wales 2571
Mailing address: PO BOX 488G
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300
Mailing address: PO BOX 40
Picton, New South Wales 2571
Phone: 02 4908 4300
Phone: 02 4677 6500
Website: Subsidence Advisory NSW (Opens in new window)