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It is our aim that all people in New South Wales, including older people, people with disabilities and those on low incomes have access to affordable and well-designed housing.


In this housing section, you will find plans and policies promoting the delivery of high quality diverse housing where people want to live.

Housing SEPP

The Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing SEPP) will meet the changing needs of the people of NSW by delivering more affordable homes, more choice of homes and create new types of homes.

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Apartment Design Guide

The Apartment Design Guide provides consistent planning and design standards for apartments across the State.

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Better apartments

The NSW Government promotes better apartment design across NSW through the State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65). This policy aims to deliver a better living environment for the residents now choosing this form of housing, and enhance our streetscapes and our neighbourhoods across the State.

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Greenfield Housing Code

The Greenfield Housing Code 'the Code' will speed up the delivery of new homes in greenfield areas across NSW.


New Inland Code for NSW

The new Inland Code has been released to simplify the planning process for home owners and farmers in regional NSW.

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Local Housing Strategy Guideline and Template

The Local Housing Strategy Guideline and Template has been prepared to support councils in developing local housing strategies.

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Low Rise Housing Diversity

Currently, most new homes built in NSW tend to fall into two categories; traditional free - standing houses and apartments. Low Rise Housing Diversity provides an alternative as a more affordable housing choice and with the new Low Rise Housing Diversity Code there are more benefits.

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The Housing Code

The Housing Code sets out clear planning rules for complying development including one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions.

A family walking in a complying development neighbourhood. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Salty Dingo

Housing 2041: NSW Housing Strategy

Housing 2041: a 20-year vision for NSW that supports security, comfort, independence and choice for all people at all stages of their lives.

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