Clause 55 of all planning schemes applies to the development of two or more dwellings on a lot and residential buildings and a planning permit is always required (see Clause 74 Land Use Terms in planning schemes).

When land is within one of five residential zones – Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Mixed Use Zone or Township Zone, Clause 55 applies to:

  • construction of a second dwelling if there is at least one dwelling existing on the lot;
  • construction of two or more dwellings on a lot;
  • extension of a dwelling if there are two or more dwellings on the lot;
  • construction or extension of a dwelling on common property, or;
  • construction or extension of a residential building.

Clause 55 includes:

  • Purpose, application, operation and requirements
  • 55.01 Neighbourhood and site description and design response
  • 55.02 Neighbourhood character and infrastructure
  • 55.03 Site layout and building massing
  • 55.04 Amenity impacts
  • 55.05 On-site amenity and facilities
  • 55.06 Detailed design.

More information

For advice on the planning scheme provisions that apply to two or more dwellings on a lot and residential buildings you can read the relevant planning scheme, contact the planning department at the relevant council or a town planning consultant.