Changes made to the residential zones
The government has introduced refinements to improve the operation of the Reformed Residential Zones that were introduced into Victorian planning schemes in 2017.
Details are available at:
Planning zones in Victoria were reformed in 2013.
The zone reforms:
- simplified requirements
- allowed a broader range of activities to be considered
- improved the range of zones to better manage growth.
Three new residential zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions by Amendment V008, gazetted on 1 July 2013.
Three amended residential zones, two new commercial zones and three amended industrial zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes by Amendment VC100, gazetted on 15 July 2013.
Reformed rural zones were introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes by Amendment VC103, gazetted on 5 September 2013.
Amendment VC116, gazetted on 1 July 2014, applied the General Residential Zone to land previously zoned Residential 1, 2 and 3 where a new residential zone was not applied. The amendment also removed the Residential 1, 2 and 3 zones from the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.
Amendment VC110 gazetted on 27 March 2017, amended the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to introduce a new general term "garden area", remove the two dwelling cap in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and replace it with a minimum garden area requirement as well as introduce it in the General Residential Zone, introduce mandatory height limits of 11 metres and 3 storeys in the General Residential Zone and 9 metres and 2 storeys in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
What changed in 2013 and 2014?
Changes to the suites of Victoria's residential, commercial, industrial and rural zones are listed below.
|Delete nine existing zones||Create five new zones||Amend 12 existing zones|
Residential 1 Zone
Residential 2 Zone
Residential 3 Zone
Business 1 Zone
Business 2 Zone
Business 3 Zone
Business 4 Zone
Business 5 Zone
Priority Development Zone*
Residential Growth Zone
General Residential Zone
Neighbourhood Residential Zone
Commercial 1 Zone
Commercial 2 Zone
Low Density Residential Zone
Mixed Use Zone
Rural Living Zone
Green Wedge Zone
Green Wedge A Zone
Rural Conservation Zone
Rural Activity Zone
Industrial 1 Zone
Industrial 2 Zone
Industrial 3 Zone
*The Priority Development Zone is proposed to be removed from the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes through a later planning scheme amendment, in consultation with local government.
- Reformed residential zones fact sheet, July 2014 (PDF, 216.8 KB) or (DOC, 79.0 KB)
- Reformed commercial zones fact sheet, July 2013 (PDF, 276.3 KB) or (DOC, 69.0 KB)
- Improved industrial zones fact sheet, July 2013 (PDF, 257.8 KB) or (DOC, 66.0 KB)
- Reformed rural zones fact sheet, 15 August 2013 (PDF, 255.4 KB) or (DOC, 69.0 KB)
For enquiries about the reformed zones contact the department's Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Page last updated: 21/12/21