The Residential Code is defined in Regulation 3 of the Development Regulations 2008 as any development that is complying development under clause 1(2) or (3), 2A, 2B or 2C of Schedule 4.
The code simplifies planning approvals for some common forms of residential development. From 11 April 2013, private certifiers in addition to Councils may undertake planning assessments of Residential Code developments.
Under the Code, you can apply in most cases for:
- Common residential works and structures such as sheds, carports, verandahs and rainwater tanks
- Single storey additions and alterations to existing homes
- New single storey and two storey detached and semi-detached homes
The Code sets out performance criteria related to physical aspects of the development, such as location, height, boundary set-backs and site coverage. These criteria allow Councils and private certifiers to quickly process applications that comply with the Code.
The Code applies only to applications for Development Plan consent. For Development Approval you may also need to apply for building rules consent and land division consent.
Some minor home improvements such as small sheds and pergolas do not require development approval and therefore are not covered under the Residential Code.
In the District Council of Grant, the Residential Code applies to most of the Residential Zone within the Port MacDonnell Township.
Draftsmen, builders and homeowners can gain an understanding of the changes and how they affect development applications and assessments from the links below.
To assist the process of Development Applications, applicants are requested to include a completed checklist when their application is submitted to Council.