In-fill affordable housing provides opportunities for the delivery of new affordable housing in well-located areas to meet the needs of a wide range of households on very low to moderate incomes.
The in-fill affordable housing provisions were transferred from State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 to the Housing SEPP when it was made in November 2021.
The in-fill affordable housing provisions:
- apply to land in:
- Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong regions within an accessible area
- other areas within 800m walking distance of land zoned B1 Neighbourhood Centre, B2 Local Centre or B4 Mixed Use.
- require a minimum of 20% of the development to be used for the purposes of affordable housing
- include a density bonus to encourage the development of affordable housing
- requires the affordable housing portion of the development to remain affordable and be managed by a registered community housing provider for a minimum of 15 years
- include minimum standards for lot size, dwelling sizes and deep soil zones as well as car parking
- require the consent authority to consider the character of the local area or the desired future character for areas under transition.
View the in-fill affordable housing provisions of the Housing SEPP.
The in-fill affordable housing provisions are currently being reviewed. Learn more about this review at the NSW Planning Portal.
Frequently asked questions
Affordable housing must be provided to eligible households by a registered community housing provider.
An amendment made on 1 July 2022 expands the area where in-fill affordable housing bonuses apply from 400m to 800m from business and mixed use zones in Regional NSW.
The in-fill affordable housing floorspace bonus now also applies to shop-top housing.