Those involved in construction work in NSW, can take advantage of relaxed restrictions implemented under new COVID-19 measures. On March 31 2020, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces released the Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 in an attempt to assist social distancing measures by extending construction work over increased work days. The Orders override conditions of a development of consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 which restricts building or construction work on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays. However, the Orders do not apply to the approval for activity pursuant to Part 5 of the EP&A Act, which refers to activity carried out by public authorities.

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