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Planning rules

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Community road

Electricity usually nearby?

Check

Forestry approval required?

Yes

Shared development permitted?

No

A council-defined community road, usually joining two villages. If your land adjoins such a road, you can build according to one of several formulae which depend on the land area, from an allowed minimum of 100m2 up to a maximum of 200m2, and within 2.5-15 metres of the boundaries. One such formula is: Allowed built area = 100 + ((Land area - 750) 9) which, if applied to a plot of 1,500m2 would allow you to build up to 183m2.

Outside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Check

Forestry approval required?

Yes

Shared development permitted?

No

Outside the defined village limits, you must have a minimum of 4,000m2 land before you can build, up to a maximum of 200m2. You must also have 45 metres frontage onto a road, and in general have to build 15 metres from the boundaries - so be careful about the shape of any intended plot. If you cannot build at least 15 metres from the boundaries, you may be able to obtain an exemption whereby this is reduced to 7.5 metres, however some extra restrictions then apply. Planning rules make it difficult to sub-divide larger plots, e.g. 8,000m2 or 12,000m2.

Large plot inside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Yes

Forestry approval required?

No

Shared development permitted?

Yes

This plot of 700m2 is just large enough to enjoy the full building allowance. You could build up to 400m2 here, within 0-2.5 metres of your land boundaries.

Medium-sized plot inside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Yes

Forestry approval required?

No

Shared development permitted?

Yes

This 200m2 plot is just large enough to enjoy the median building allowance of 240m2. This plot happens to have an existing house of 80m2, so you could build a further 160m2 here, within 0-2.5 metres of the land boundaries.

Building zone outside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Check

Forestry approval required?

Yes

Shared development permitted?

No

Some villages have a council-defined building "zone", which usually extends 500-750 metres from the village limits. If a village has such a zone, you must have a minimum plot size of 2,000m2 and then can build up to 200m2 within 5 metres of your land boundaries.

Inside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Yes

Forestry approval required?

No

Shared development permitted?

Yes

Inside the defined village limits, you can build up to a maximum of 400m2. The building allowance is based on plot size as follows:

Land area m2

Build allowance m2

0-199

0-199

200-699

240

700+

400

You can build within 0-2.5 metres of your land boundaries.

Not a Community road

Electricity usually nearby?

     

Forestry approval required?

 

Shared development permitted?

 

For the purposes of this example, this is not a council-defined community road.

Small plot inside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Yes

Forestry approval required?

No

Shared development permitted?

Yes

This plot is only 90m2 in area, but you can build at 100% of land area, so up to 90m2 can be built here within 0-2.5 metres of the land boundaries.

1,500m2 plot in the building zone

Electricity usually nearby?

     

Forestry approval required?

 

Shared development permitted?

 

You generally need a minimum of 2,000m2 to be able to build in the building zone, so this plot cannot be built on.

2,500m2 plot outside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

     

Forestry approval required?

 

Shared development permitted?

 

You need a minimum of 4,000m2 to be able to build outside village limits, and this plot does not have frontage onto a defined community road, so it cannot be built on.

2,000m2 plot on community road

Electricity usually nearby?

Check

Forestry approval required?

Yes

Shared development permitted?

No

If your land fronts a defined community road, you can build according to various formula, from an allowed 100m2 minimum up to a maximum of 200m2. Depending on the shape of the plot, you have to build 2.5-15 metres from the boundaries.

4,000m2 plot outside village limits

Electricity usually nearby?

Check

Forestry approval required?

Yes

Shared development permitted?

No

You need a minimum of 4,000m2 to be able to build outside village limits, and council-defined road frontage of 25 metres - which this plot enjoys, so it can be built on within 15 metres of the land boundaries.

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