Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria

High quality places support the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities, and are critical to the development of competitive and efficient cities and towns.

Who is this guide for?

The urban design guidelines for Victoria support state agencies, local government and the urban development sector to deliver functional and enjoyable places for people to live, work, and spend leisure time.

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 People walking in an urban environment


  • 1. Urban structure

    The topography and land division pattern of an urban area
  • 2. Movement network

    The principles informing the overall form and layout of public streets, roads and paths.
  • 3. Public spaces

    Urban design principles for parks, street spaces, plazas and communal open spaces
  • 4. Public transport environs

    Public spaces, streets, buildings and activities located around railway stations, bus and tram interchanges, and adjacent to railway corridors
  • 5. Buildings

    Larger, more complex buildings located in places with higher concentrations of urban activity
  • 6. Objects in the public realm

    Placement and arrangement of street furniture, utilities and small structures within the public realm

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