General Housing Code changes - 14 Jun, 2016

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear and simple planning rules for works that can be carried out under complying development. 
The new Code has been written and structured so it is clear and easy to understand. It will now include diagrams to explain key controls and building standards that need to be met when building or renovating a house. 
The Code forms part of the State Policy for exempt and complying development. It sets out the planning rules for new homes, extensions and other home renovations carried out as complying development. 
The benefits of the simplified Housing Code include:
- clear, easy to understand planning rules for homeowners, industry and councils 
- making building and renovating easier 
- saving time and money for homeowners 
- providing more certainty when certifiers and councils assess a proposal
- faster and more efficient housing delivery.

Some of these proposed changes include:
- removal of the term “site coverage” and the need for it to form part of the assessment
- floor space is to follow the standard instrument LEP definition of gross floor area
- allowable floor area for allotments is changing to be more of a ratio than a fixed number
- controls for detached garages, sheds, etc are to be more flexible
- maximum building height for detached studios is increasing from 3.6m to 4.5m including provisions to allow detached studios in heritage conservation zones

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