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State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
Current version for 1 July 2019 to date (accessed 21 August 2019 at 05:12)
Part 3C Division 3 Subdivision 4
Subdivision 4 Amenity development standards for dwelling houses and attached development
3C.16   Building design
(1)  This clause applies to the erection of a dwelling house on a lot, other than a battle-axe lot.
(2)  The dwelling house must contain the following building elements:
(a)  at least 1 door and 1 window to a habitable room at ground floor level facing the primary road, or
(b)  at least 1 door and 1 window to a habitable room at ground floor level facing any parallel road.
(3) Primary road frontage A dwelling house with a setback from a primary road of at least 3m may have an articulation zone that extends up to 1.5m forward of the minimum required setback from the primary road.
(4)  The following building elements may be located in the articulation zone:
(a)  an entry feature or portico,
(b)  a balcony, deck, pergola, terrace or verandah,
(c)  a window box treatment,
(d)  a bay window or similar feature,
(e)  an awning or other feature over a window,
(f)  a sun shading feature,
(g)  an eave.
(5)  The maximum total area of all building elements in the articulation zone, other than a building element specified in subclause (4) (e), (f) or (g), must not comprise more than 25% of the area of the articulation zone.
(6) Maximum height of building elements A building element on a dwelling house (other than an entry feature or portico that has the same pitch as the roof on the dwelling house) must not extend:
(a)  more than 1m above the gutter line of the eaves of a single storey dwelling house, or
(b)  above the gutter line of the eaves of a 2 storey dwelling house.
(7) Secondary road frontage on corner lots A dwelling house on a corner lot must have a window to a habitable room with an area of at least 1m2 that faces and is visible from the secondary road.
(8)  A dwelling house with a setback from a secondary road of not more than 4.5m must have at least one of the following building elements for a minimum length of 20% of the elevation of the walls that face the secondary road and that are within 4.5m of the secondary road:
(a)  an entry feature or portico,
(b)  a balcony, deck, pergola, terrace or verandah,
(c)  a bay window,
(d)  a step of at least 600mm in depth.
(9)  Building elements listed in subclause (8) may be located in a secondary road articulation zone if:
(a)  the zone extends no more than 1m into the minimum required setback area and spans the length of the walls that face the secondary road, and
(b)  the building element comprises no more than 20% of the zone area.
(10)  Any part of a gable or hipped roof that overhangs walls that are within 4.5m of the secondary road boundary must include eaves that extend for the length of those walls and project at least 450mm, but not more than 1m from those walls.
Note 1.
 Articulation zone, battle-axe lot, building element, corner lot, dwelling house, habitable room, parallel road, parallel road lot, primary road, secondary road and setback are defined in clause 1.5.
Note 2.
 Storey is defined in the Standard Instrument as a space within a building that is situated between one floor level and the floor level next above, or if there is no floor above, the ceiling or roof above, but does not include:
(a)  a space that contains only a lift shaft, stairway or meter room, or
(b)  a mezzanine, or
(c)  an attic.
3C.17   Windows, doors and openings
Any wall erected within 900mm of a side boundary must not contain a door, window or any other opening.
3C.18   Privacy screens for windows and certain attached development
(1)  A privacy screen must be provided for any part of a window to a habitable room that is less than 1.5m above the finished floor level of that room if:
(a)  the window faces and is less than 3m from a side or rear boundary and the room has a finished floor level of more than 1m above ground level (existing), or
(b)  the window faces and is at least 3m, but not more than 6m, from a side or rear boundary and the room has a finished floor level of more than 3m above ground level (existing).
(2)  Subclause (1) does not apply to a bedroom window that has an area of not more than 2m2.
(3)  A privacy screen of at least 1.7m, but not more than 2.2m, above the finished floor level of a balcony, deck, patio, terrace or verandah must be installed at the edge of that part of the balcony, deck, patio, terrace or verandah that is parallel to or faces towards the relevant side or rear boundary if the area of the balcony, deck, patio, terrace or verandah is at least 3m2 and:
(a)  that edge is less than 3m from a side or rear boundary and the balcony, deck, patio, terrace or verandah has a finished floor level of more than 1m above ground level (existing), or
(b)  that edge is at least 3m, but not more than 6m from a side or rear boundary and the balcony, deck, patio, terrace or verandah has a finished floor level of more than 2m above ground level (existing).
(4) Clause does not apply to existing parts of dwelling house or attached development This clause does not apply to any existing parts of a dwelling house or attached development that will remain on the lot after the complying development is carried out.
Note 1.
 Habitable room and privacy screen are defined in clause 1.5.
Note 2.
 Ground level (existing) has the same meaning as it has in the Standard Instrument.
3C.19   Car parking and vehicle access requirements
(1)  At least 1 off-street car parking space, being an open hard stand space or a carport or garage, must be provided on a lot unless:
(a)  the lot has a width of less than 8m measured at the building line, or
(b)  the complying development is the alteration of, or an addition to, a dwelling house and the lot does not contain an off-street car parking space, or
(c)  the complying development is the erection or alteration of, or an addition to, attached development and the lot does not contain an off-street car parking space.
(2)  All off-street car parking spaces and vehicle access must comply with AS 2890.1:2004, Parking facilities—Off-street car parking.
(3)  The off-street car parking space for a battle-axe lot must be constructed so that vehicles can leave the lot in a forward direction.
(4)  An attached garage may only be erected on a lot that has a width of less than 8m measured at the building line if the garage is accessed only from a secondary road, parallel road or lane.
(5)  An attached garage, carport or car parking space accessed from a primary road must have a minimum setback as shown in the following table:
Setback of dwelling house from primary road
Minimum off-street parking setback from primary road
<4.5m
5.5m
>4.5m
1m or more behind the building line of the dwelling house
(6)  The maximum width of all garage door openings facing a primary, secondary or parallel road is shown in the following table:
Lot width at the building line
Maximum width of garage door openings
7m or more but less than 10m
3.2m
10m or more but less than 11m
for a 1 storey dwelling house—3.2m
for a 2 storey dwelling house—6m
11m or more but less than 15m
6m
15m or more
50% of width of front facade of dwelling or 7.2m, whichever is the lesser
(7)  The maximum width of all driveways measured at the boundary to which the front of the dwelling house faces is shown in the following table:
Lot width at the building line
Maximum width of driveway
7m or more but less than 10m
3.2m
10m or more but less than 15m
single entry driveway—3m
double entry driveway—4.8m
15m or more
4.8m
Note 1.
 Attached, battle-axe lot, building line, detached, hard stand space, lane, parallel road, primary road, secondary road and setback are defined in clause 1.5.
Note 2.
 Clause 2.28 applies to the construction or installation of a driveway as exempt development.
Note 3.
 Alterations or additions to a garage or carport that is forward of the building line is not complying development under this code (see clause 3C.3 (3) (g)).