NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Apartment Design Guide

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

It provides design criteria and general guidance about how development proposals can achieve the nine design quality principles identified in SEPP 65 (State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development).

For apartment development applications lodged from 19 June 2015 and determined after 17 July 2015, the Apartment Design Guide, along with the changes to SEPP 65 applies.

Residential Flat Design Code

The Residential Flat Design Code has been superseded by the Apartment Design Guide.

For applications lodged prior to the 19 June 2015 the Residential Flat Design Code (PDF, 7.6 MB) still applies.

Please note: some of the PDFs on this page contain large amounts of rich content and may take some time to download.

Page last updated: 05/10/2022