Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (Code) applies to all local government areas in NSW from 1 July 2020. To coincide with the full commencement of the Code minor amendments have been made to provide clarity and fix minor drafting errors (see high level table below). The amendments also include a change of name to the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code 

Standard  Affected Housing Type  Amendment 
Name Change  Whole Code  Change of name to the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code and the Low Rise Housing Design Guide  
Minimum lot size 


Manor Houses and terraces  Reflect changes to LEPs that introduce a minimum lot size for manor houses and multi dwelling housing (terraces) 


Dual occupancies and  


Clarification of the intent of the landscaping standards  
Development that is not complying development under this code 


Whole Code  Additional types of development that cannot be complying development includes: 

  • development that is in-fill affordable housing within the meaning of Division 1 of Part 2 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, 
  • development on unsewered land, and 
  • development on land identified as being susceptible to landslide risk in any relevant environmental planning instrument relating to the land. 
Lot requirements 


Dual occupancies  Clarification that the minimum width of a lot for the development of a dual occupancy is 15m, except where the lot is only accessible from a secondary road, parallel road or lane, then its 12m. 
Part 6, Subdivision 


Dual occupancies (subdivision of)  Removal of 60% rule to ensure that minimum lot sizes for subdivision are maintained in accordance with council LEPs 
New terms  Whole Code  The introduction of new terms “parent lot” and “resulting lot” to clarify which area the development standard shall be applied. 
Diagrams  Whole Code  A number of diagrams have been updated and new diagrams added to provide further explanatory details. 

A full list of amendments is available on the NSW legislation website.