The proposed Design and Place SEPP will require that developments that are three or more storeys, open space over 1000 square metres, and precincts and significant development, are designed by suitably qualified design professionals, particularly where design has a high impact on the environment or community due to its scale or future population.

Qualified designers are defined by cl.50 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation). The EP&A Regulation identifies the requirement for qualified designers in cl.50(1A) in relation to SEPP 65. The requirement for qualified designers is also identified in SEPP (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (Education SEPP). The Design and Place SEPP proposes aligning the existing requirements for qualified designers with the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.

To ensure places and spaces are designed by suitably qualified design professionals, the Design and Place SEPP proposes that:
— a registered architect (qualified designer, same definition as presently used) will be required for all buildings with three (3) or more storeys, and in the case of multi-residential buildings, four (4) dwellings .

The BDAA believes that this proposal will further prevent qualified and experienced building designers from continuing to practice on projects they have worked on throughout their entire careers.