The NSW Housing Code is part of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP). The NSW Housing Code is made up of the Exempt Development Code, the General Housing Code and the Housing Internal Alterations Code, all of which are contained in the Codes SEPP.

The Housing Code Allows:

  • the construction of a new single or two-storey home;

  • alterations and additions to a home;

  • attached development (including garages and balconies); and

  • detached development (Including detached garages and sheds) (see Division 4 of the Housing Code)

Since 2008, Smith & Tzannes have been engaged by the Department of Planning to provide research and advice on the development to the Code. In 2008, we began consultations with the planning and housing industry and undertook testing of the development standards. This ensured the Code resulted in good built form outcomes that responded not only to the site geometry, but also managed the impact on adjoining dwelling houses. The code applied to single dwelling house where the lot area was larger than 450m2.

In 2009 - 2010 we were engaged to carry out research on the expansion of the Housing Code. We carried out research and testing that provided advice on potential development standards. We also prepared the user guide for the Housing Code.

In 2013 we are carried out a review of the application of the Code. This was specifically in relation to the bulk and scale development of projects approved under the Code and impact adjoining properties. Our review provided recommendations on improvements to the Code which have more recently been adopted in the 2017 Simplified Housing Code.

For more information on the Housing Code visit the NSW  Planning Portal