New, simplified Housing Code
The NSW Government’s new, simplified Housing Code came into effect on July 17.
In addition, it also made minor changes to the state policy for exempt and complying development (Codes SEPP), including minor amendments for granny flats and group homes to clarify definitions and further simplify these policies.
The new Housing Code replaces the General Housing Code, and sets out clear planning rules for complying development including one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions.
Planning rules for building a home under the fast-track complying development approval pathway have been simplified, making it easier, cheaper and faster for homeowners to get an approval.
The new Housing Code is clear and simple to understand, with easy to follow diagrams to make it easier for homeowners, certifiers and councils to understand the rules for complying development.
Under the new code, development can be carried out as complying development where the relevant development standards in the state policy are met.
These standards have been developed following extensive consultation with the community, councils and industry, to ensure impacts on neighbours are minimised and include: maximum building height; maximum gross floor area; minimum setbacks from roads and boundaries; minimum landscaped area; privacy requirements. The NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment outlines the benefits of the new Housing Code as including:
simple and clear planning rules, with easy to follow diagrams;
saving time and money for home owners; cutting red tape; more certainty for certifiers and councils when assessing proposals; and
faster and more efficient housing delivery.
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