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Background

We’ve heard that communities want boarding houses to better reflect their local area so we’ve responded with proposed amendments to the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

These proposed changes reflect consultation and feedback from councils and communities as well as recent boarding house development applications and Land and Environment Court judgements.

People need different types of housing at different times in their lives and these proposed changes will help provide diverse housing options that balance the needs of tenants and communities.

Proposed changes

Boarding houses will now be limited to 12 boarding rooms per site within the R2 Low Density Residential zone to better reflect the surrounding area and community.


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

These proposed changes build on existing rules in the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP that ensure Boarding Houses are only approved where they are close to public transport and comply with parking rules as well as council rules on density and building height.


An Explanation of Intended Effect has been prepared outlining the proposed changes to the SEPP. 


Download the EIE

Have your say

We seek your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect and encourage you to have your say.

The amendments will be on exhibition for three weeks from 28 November 2018 until 19 December 2018

  • Make an online submission,
  • Or write to:
    Director, Housing Policy
    Department of Planning and Environment
    GPO Box 39
    Sydney NSW 2001
Published submissions will include your name and the organisation on whose behalf you may be writing. Contact details such as email and postal addresses, and telephone numbers are not published. The Department reserve the right to not publish selected submissions (in full or part).

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For more information:
  • For further information please phone 1300 305 695
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Page last updated: 28/11/2018