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Site Environmental Management Plan

A Site Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) is a comprehensive site-specific document identifying, in detail the potential environmental impacts and risks of a proposed development and the ways in which these impacts and risks may be reduced through management strategies and site practices. 


The City of Whittlesea has prepared the SEMP Kit - Guidelines and Standards Manual and a template to assist a proponent (developer, contractor) to understand the requirements and acceptable standard measures and options for the development of a satisfactory SEMP submissions to Council for approval. It outlines the various aspects of site management, offering a range of acceptable standard measures and options, to eliminate or minimise the impacts of construction activities on the environment and human health 


All construction projects must obtain an approved Site Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) prior to the commencement of works within the City of Whittlesea. A SEMP may require approval from other organisations such as DELWP, Melbourne Water or EPA. These approvals must be sought and gained separately, however Council approval is still a mandatory requirement. 

The SEMP template must be used in conjunction with the Site Environmental Management Plan Kit - Guidelines and Standards Manual information. The SEMP should be submitted for approval after the Functional Layout Plan (FLPs) have been endorsed where we will cross-reference design elements between plans so that they match, and at a minimum of 21 days before a required pre-commencement meeting. This will reduce the likelihood that activities are delayed while waiting for the plan to be approved and endorsed.

Additional guidance on preparing an effective SEMP can be found in the factsheet.

All Site Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) applications must be submitted to the Development Engineering department via email at

Where additional information is required or the submission is inadequate, Council may request further details and a resubmission.


City of Whittlesea’s officers conduct regular inspections to check compliance against the Approved SEMP. Where non-compliance exists, appropriate action will be taken, including guidance and direction to comply. Enforcement, where required by Council and other relevant authorities will proceed if breaches of legislation or Approved SEMP occur.

For further information contact the Development Engineering department via email or phone (03) 9217 2170.