Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

From 6 July 2018 the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code allows for one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be carried out under Complying Development if they meet the required provisions and are permitted under the land use zoning.

Dual occupancies as complying development are permitted in Zone:

  • R1 General Residential (located within the suburb of Bonnyrigg)
  • R2 Low Density Residential where a minimum lot size also applies (either 600m2 or 900m2) and
  • R3 Medium Density Residential

Note: The Code State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) stipulates that if a council has a minimum lot size for dual occupancy, that the council lot size provisions override the State Environmental Planning Policy. Council has a minimum lot size for dual occupancy in the R2 Low Density Residential zone of either 600m2 or 900m2 depending on location. Refer to the Fairfield LEP 2013 Minimum Lot Size for Dual Occupancy map.

Refer to the Code State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the all relevant development controls and standards.

Manor houses and terraces as complying development are allowed where medium density development is permitted in Zone:

  • R1 General Residential
  • R3 Medium Density Residential


Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide

The design guide aims to improve the design of medium density housing through layout, landscaping, private open space, light, natural ventilation and privacy. Complying development applications are required to consider and be consistent with the Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide.

Principal Certifier Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the Principal Certifier (PC) to determine whether proposed development under the Medium Density Housing Code applies to the land. If it is determined by a Principal Certifier that the development does not constitute complying development under the Medium Density Housing Code the applicant will be required to lodge a development application for the proposed development to Fairfield City Council.