New NSW housing codes take effect

The NSW Greenfield Housing Code and Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code commenced on Friday, July 6, 2018, enabling one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions to be carried out under a fast-track complying development approval. Alison Frame, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Strategy, said the Greenfield Housing Code will speed up the delivery of homes in new release areas, while also creating greener suburbs. “The complying development standards, such as building heights, setbacks and landscaping, have been tailored to ensure homes are designed to protect the privacy and amenity of neighbourhoods.” The Greenfield Housing Code will also require a tree to be planted in the front and back yard of each new home approved under complying development. Also taking effect from July 6, 2018, is the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code which seeks to encourage well-designed, dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be built under a fast track complying development approval. The new Code will only apply in areas where councils have already permitted medium density housing under their Local Environmental Plan. In response to requests by some councils, a temporary deferral until 1 July 2019 has been granted. All 50 Councils that have requested a further deferral have been granted it. A list of self-nominated LGAs who have been granted a deferral is available here. Two Design Guides – one for complying development and an additional one for development applicants, industry and councils – have also been released to support applicants and ensure good design outcomes for medium density housing proposals across NSW. More information on the Greenfield Housing Code is here

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