New Planning Controls for Transport Oriented Development (TOD) Precincts

On Monday 29 April 2024, the Minister for Planning, Paul Scully, announced the finalisation of new planning controls under an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing) 2021 (Housing SEPP) for Transport Oriented Development (TOD) precincts. The new planning controls will apply within 400m of 37 stations to deliver more affordable, well-designed and well-located […]

New reforms to fast track low-rise and mid-rise housing

The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to address the current housing crisis with bold reforms to create tens of thousands of new low-rise and mid-rise homes in well-located areas. The Government has announced changes that will “fast-track” a greater diversity of homes like residential flat buildings of 3-6 storeys, terraces, townhouses, duplexes and […]

Changes coming soon for Class 3 and 9c buildings…

When the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (DBP) and Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (RAB) laws came into effect in 2020 they only applied to Class 2 buildings (being residential apartment buildings). From 3 July 2023, the DBP and RAB Acts will be expanded to include the construction of new Class 3 and […]

The Design & Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 have arrived…

The heavily awaited Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 (Regulation) is now in effect from 1 July 2021. The objective of the Regulation is to provide guidance around multiple new obligations imposed on builders, designers, and engineers under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act). The Act which came into effect on 11 June 2020, aims […]

The Low Rise Housing Diversity Code applies to all councils in NSW – 1 July 2020

As of today, 1 July 2020, the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (Code) – formerly called the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code – is now operating in all local government areas across NSW. The Code have been in place since 6 July 2018 however, a number of temporary deferrals were granted to some councils […]

Update – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

It has been some time since our last update on the much anticipated Low Rise Medium Housing Code (The Code’). Recent comments on Friday, 13 March 2020 by the NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, suggest the deferral for the remaining 45 deferred councils will conclude on 1 July 2020. The temporary deferral of the Code […]

Update – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code Further Deferred

The implementation of the Low Rise Medium Housing Code (The Code’) will be further deferred until 1 July 2020 for the existing 45 deferred councils. The extension of time will allow the deferred councils to complete their strategic planning, update their LEPs, identify and map areas of special local character. This leaves 82 councils where […]

Update – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

We previously advised that the Low Rise Medium Housing Code (‘The Code’) was scheduled to commence 1 July 2019 for almost 50 councils across NSW. Unfortunately, the NSW Government announced on 28 June 2019 a short deferral until 31 October 2019 for 45 councils. In summary, the Code applies to the following Councils from 6 […]

One More Month To Go Until … The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code!

One more month to go and it will be easier to build low rise medium density housing across NSW with the commencement of the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (‘The Code’). This Code is scheduled to commence 1 July 2019 for almost 50 councils after they were given an extra year to prepare and update their local […]