This information should only be used as a guide.

Undertaking most forms of development requires a Development Approval.
There are some exemptions for residential properties in RCode scheme areas, but not usually rural properties.

The following are generally exempt from requiring Planning Development Approvals.
  • Single residence, outbuildings, patios, carport, garage, boundary wall/fence, retaining wall less than 500mm high, pergola, veranda,
    external fixture or additions on a Green Title lot which is part of the RCode scheme provided they;
  • Comply with Local Government Council Planning Scheme.
  • Comply with Local Government Council Planning policies.
  • Comply with an applicable Local Planning Structure Plan.
  • Comply with Local Government Council Laws. E.g. fencing by-laws heights.
  • Comply with the State Planning Policy (Residential Design Codes) (RCodes).
  • The lot is not greater than 1,100 square metres within a Bushfire Prone Area, and;
  • Is not assessed with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating of BAL-40 or BAL-FZ.
WHAT DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT GENERALLY
REQUIRE PLANNING DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL?
WHAT DEVELOPMENT DOES REQUIRE PLANNING
DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL?
EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN & DRAFTING
  • Development on rural properties.
  • Ancillary dwelling.
  • New Grouped Dwelling developments.
  • Multiple Dwellings and any associated development.
  • Aged or Dependent Person's Dwelling and any associated development.
  • Bed and Breakfast.
  • Home Business.
  • Construction of and additions to non-residential buildings (Commercial).
  • Signs.
  • Masts and antennas (including satellite dishes) which do not comply with Planning documents above.
  • A change of land use from one use to another (for example, from an office to a shop).
  • Lots in known karst or cave areas. E.g. some parts of Two Rocks.