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    Low Rise Housing Diversity Code | How the new code can help turn the average person into a developer

    August 31, 2020  

    The Low Rise Housing Diversity Code and the Low Rise Housing Diversity Design Guide address housing choice by encouraging more variety in the market.

    Good housing design goes beyond the look of a building and its architectural style – it can add social, economic and environmental value and can assist to create robust neighbourhoods and communities that are fit for future challenges and change.

    The Code facilitates a diverse range of housing, allowing well designed dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces (up to two storeys) to be carried out under a fast track complying with development approval.

    Typically, it requires less land area and is more sustainable for growing families, singles and empty nesters. Dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces also improve housing affordability by providing smaller homes on smaller lots that still provide the amenities of a single dwelling. Providing private open space, in most cases at ground level, allows families to socialise, play, garden and exercise in their own home.

    The Code also promotes faster housing approvals saving homeowners time and money. The Code and the accompanying Design Guide ensure that amenity, privacy and design are considered and incorporated into developments standards, as well as ensuring a consistent approach to good design. To help maintain local character of neighbourhoods the Code sets a two-storey height limit.A complying development approval can be issued within 20 days if the proposal complies with all the relevant requirements. Here’s some more information regarding the different dwelling property types that fall under the Code.


    Multi dwelling housing (terraces) is three or more dwellings on one lot. Each dwelling fronts a public road and there are no other dwellings located above or below. The size of the lot being developed must meet the minimum lot size required to build multi dwelling housing under the relevant council Local Environmental Plan. (If the LEP does not specify a minimum lot size, the Code applies a minimum 600m2 lot size.)


    Duplexes refers to dual occupancies, side by side, either attached or detached. The size of the lot being developed must meet the minimum lot size required to build a dual occupancy under the relevant council LEP. If the LEP does not specify a minimum lot size, the Code applies a minimum 400m2 lot size.

    Manor Houses

    A manor house is a building containing three to four dwellings on one lot of land and can be up to two storeys in height (excluding any basement). Each dwelling is attached by a common wall or floor and at least one dwelling is partially located above another dwelling. A minimum 600m2 lot size requirement applies.

    To find out if the Code applies to you or more information about terraces, duplexes and manor houses, please get in touch with our experts.

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