New, sim­pli­fied Hous­ing Code

Southern Riverina news - - BUILDING & RENOVATION -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, www.plan­ning­por­tal.nsw.gov.au. LI­CENSED PLUMBER, DRAINER & GASFITTER go to

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