Benefits of the code
The Greenfield Housing Code is intended to speed up the delivery of new homes in greenfield areas (new release areas) to house a growing population and improve affordability.
The code is included in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (codes SEPP).
The code aims to:
- simplify the standards in the codes SEPP for greenfield areas
- tailor development standards to suit market demand, housing types and typical lot sizes in greenfield areas
- increase the take-up of complying development to speed up housing approvals.
The code applies to mapped greenfield areas across NSW. It allows for new single-storey and 2-storey houses, and alterations and additions, under the fast-track complying-development approval pathway. This saves homeowners time and money.
Owners of a new home approved under complying development must plant a tree in their front and rear yards. This is one way the code is ensuring new release areas are leafier and more sustainable.