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In-fill affordable housing

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

Who can provide affordable housing?

Affordable housing must be provided to eligible households by a registered community housing provider.

What changes have been made to infill affordable housing since the SEPP was made?

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.

For more information, email [email protected] or phone 02 8289 6701.