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Small Lot Housing Code - SLHC
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What is the Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC)?
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The majority of new houses built in Melbourne’s growth areas are large, detached family homes. While this housing suits many households, we need to support housing choices for increasing numbers of smaller families, single person households, aged housing needs, and affordability.
A planning permit is usually required for a house on a lot less than 300 square metres, but not for a lot more than 300 square metres, which can discourage small lot housing. Whilst Government wishes to accelerate development of smaller houses, the current situation is counterproductive because it discourages housing on smaller lots.
The Small Lot Housing Code was introduced by the Government in 2011 to assist in addressing this situation. The Code eliminates the need for a planning permit on lots less than 300 square metres where a clear set of house design and siting standards are met. This better aligns the time and cost of small lot housing approvals with houses on lots greater than 300 square metres.
The house design and siting standards include requirements for setbacks, building height, provision of car spaces and private open space, overlooking, overshadowing, building articulation and fences.
The Code is available for use in most residential and mixed-use Precinct Structure Plans in the Urban Growth Zone in Melbourne’s greenfield growth areas where the certificate of title identifies the allotment as one where the construction of a dwelling can be assessed against the Code.
Current version of the Small Lot Housing Code
The above literature is an extract from the “Victorian Planning Authority”.
The Small lot Housing Code, August 2014 is the current version. It is supported by the Small Lot Housing Code Practice Note, August 2014. These documents were released in December 2014 and can be downloaded from www.vpa.vic.gov.au
For more information about the Small Lot Housing Code, please email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call reception on (03) 9651 9600, and you will be forwarded to a member of the Urban Planning Team.
Additionally, the Small Lot Housing Code is in use by Precinct Structure Plans in many local Councils & Shires. In these areas enquiries should be directed to that relevant Council.