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Changes have been made to the boarding house provisions in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (ARHSEPP) to better respond to the needs of councils, industry and local communities.


Car parking rates for boarding house developments

In June 2018, the ARHSEPP was amended so car parking standards were increased for boarding houses.

Car parking standards for boarding houses, except where provided by a Social Housing Provider, are now 0.5 spaces per room in all locations. This standard is contained at Clause 29(2)(e) of the ARHSEPP, and remains a ‘standard which cannot be used to refuse consent’. This means councils cannot refuse a boarding house proposal if it meets this standard, but that they may consider a lower car parking rate if appropriate.


The former car parking rates of 0.2 spaces per room in accessible areas, and 0.4 spaces in non-accessible areas will continue to apply where boarding houses are developed by or on behalf of a Social Housing Provider, as defined in the ARHSEPP. This is based on feedback received during the exhibition that Social Housing Providers should be supported in providing boarding houses for lower income earners and other groups.


The exhibition documents and submissions are available on the exhibition webpage.


A new development standard for low density residential areas

In February 2019 the ARHSEPP was amended so boarding houses are limited to 12 boarding rooms per site within the R2 Low Density Residential zone to better reflect the scale and built form of the surrounding area.


The changes will help manage impacts on neighbouring properties such as overlooking, overshadowing and car parking.


These changes reflect consultation and feedback from communities, councils and industry.


An Explanation of Intended Effect for the amendment was exhibited for public comment between 28 November 2018 to 19 December 2018.


The exhibition documents and submissions are available on the exhibition webpage.


More information

For more information please read the following Fact sheet: State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and boarding houses (PDF).

Page last updated: 15/03/2021