Information for developers
Developers can purchase credits from biobank site owners or other owners of biodiversity credits. They can also participate in the supply of biodiversity credits by establishing a biobank site which manages land not suited to development for conservation purposes. These credits could be used by the developer to offset the impacts on biodiversity values for that development or other developments, or be sold on the market.
The 'List of wanted credits' allows developers to inform current and future credit holders (such as landowners and local councils) about the type, location and number of credit that they require.
Download a general introduction (09382bbdevelop.pdf, 444 KB) to how BioBanking works for developers.
A biobanking statement is a voluntary alternative to the current threatened species assessment of significance process under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The biobanking statement application form can be dowloaded from the Forms page.
To obtain a biobanking statement the developer must meet the improve or maintain test for biodiversity values. A development is considered to improve or maintain biodiversity values if:
The BioBanking Assessment Methodology provides a clear and transparent framework for biodiversity assessments and calculating offsets in urban NSW. The offsets are measured in terms of biodiversity credits and are determined by the methodology.
If the development does not meet the improve or maintain test, the methodology and credit calculator can be used to help quantify biodiversity offsets for the development.
What are the advantages of BioBanking for developers?
The methodology provides a scientific, repeatable, consistent, and scientifically robust framework with the following benefits for the development industry:
Guide for developers
The Guide for developers (08527bbdevguide.pdf, 1.14 MB) is designed to assist the development industry to understand BioBanking and how it can help identify land that is suitable for development, use the methodology to assess impacts and offsets, and buy credits.
Page last updated: 18 March 2011