About Residential Design Codes

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) is a State Planning Policy. The R-Codes aim to enhance the amenity of the community. 

Do I need approval?

If a building's design doesn't meet the R-Codes, a variation can be applied for.

Where a proposed design impacts a neighbour, they may need to be consulted. The consultation is for a minimum of calendar 14 days.

Apply for Residential Design Code variation

Minimum requirements for an application are as follows:

  • Completed ‘Residential Design Codes Variation’ application form
  • Supporting documentation:
    • Site plan scale 1:200
    • Floor plan
    • Elevations

Applications can be submitted as follows:

Application fees

The applicable fee must be paid on application submission. 

More information

For further information, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website. 

Page Last Reviewed 1 September 2021