Clause 54 of all planning schemes applies to all single dwellings (including alterations and extensions) where the land is within one of five residential zones:
- Residential Growth Zone
- General Residential Zone
- Neighbourhood Residential Zone
- Mixed Use Zone
- Township Zone.
Most new single dwellings and alterations / extensions to existing single dwellings don’t need a planning permit. A planning permit is required if one of the following apply:
- the lot size is less than 300sqm or 500sqm if specified in a schedule to a residential zone; or
- a Neighbourhood Character Overlay applies to the lot; or
- another planning scheme control that triggers a planning permit applies.
Clause 54 includes:
- Purpose, application, operation and requirements
- 54.01 Neighbourhood and site description and design response
- 54.02 Neighbourhood character
- 54.03 Site layout and building massing
- 54.04 Amenity impacts
- 54.05 On-site amenity and facilities
- 54.06 Detailed design
Single dwellings that require a planning permit under another provision in the planning scheme aren’t subject to the Clause 54 provisions (unless specified by a provision of the relevant planning scheme). They will be assessed against the residential development provisions through the building permit process.
For advice on the planning scheme provisions that apply to a single dwelling on a lot or to check if a proposal for a single dwelling requires a planning permit you can read the relevant planning scheme, contact the planning department at the relevant council or a town planning consultant.
Building permits and single dwellings
The development of a dwelling will require a building permit.
Page last updated: 15/04/20