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The Housing Code

On Friday 16 June 2017 we released the new simplified Housing Code and other 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 changes started on Friday 14 July 2017. To view the changes please click here for the new Housing Code and click here for the other minor amendments.


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Overview of changes

The General Housing Code was replaced with a new simplified Housing Code which 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


Benefits of the new Housing Code include:

  • 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.

Miscellaneous amendments

Minor amendments have been made to the new simplified Housing Code to clarify the new gross floor area and landscaped area requirements for certain lot sizes. These changes align the gross floor area and landscaped area requirements to those under the previous General Housing Code. 


A two-year transitional period for the previous General Housing Code has also been introduced. The transitional period means applicants can choose to have their project approved as complying development under either the new simplified Housing Code or the previous General Housing Code (now known as the Transitional Housing Code) until 14 July 2019. After this date, only the new simplified Housing Code will apply.


The amendment to the EP&A Regulations will provide clarity to certifiers and councils regarding which Code the complying development has been approved under. 

These amendments started on 22 September 2017. The Miscellaneous Amendments to the State Policy can be viewed here, and amendment to the EP&A Regulation can be viewed here.


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Page last updated: 22/02/2019