Department of Planning & Environment

Simplified Housing Code

The NSW Government is now considering feedback received on a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear and simple planning rules for works that can be carried out under complying development.

The new Code has been written and structured so it is clear and easy to understand. It will now include diagrams to explain key controls and building standards that need to be met when building or renovating a house.

The Code forms part of the State Policy for exempt and complying development. It sets out the planning rules for new homes, extensions and other home renovations carried out as complying development.

The NSW Government is committed to simplifying the planning system.

The benefits of the simplified Housing Code include:
• clear, easy to understand planning rules for homeowners, industry and councils
• making building and renovating easier
• saving time and money for homeowners
• providing more certainty when certifiers and councils assess a proposal
• faster and more efficient housing delivery.
Attachments & Resources
Key dates and other information
Exhibition Commences 14/06/2016
Exhibition Concludes 12/08/2016
Exhibition Location • Department of Planning and Environment, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000 •
Relevant Legislation State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
Exhibiting agency or agencies Department of Planning and Environment
Type Policies
Local Government Area Statewide