Appendix A - Glossary

General Definitions 

Lot width

The width of the lot measured at the building line.


an outbuilding means any of the following:

  • balcony, deck, patio, pergola, terrace or verandah that is detached from a dwelling house,
  • cabana, cubby house, fernery, garden shed, gazebo or greenhouse,
  • carport that is detached from a dwelling house,
  • farm building,
  • garage that is detached from a dwelling house, rainwater tank (above ground) that is detached from a dwelling house,
  • shade structure that is detached from a dwelling house, and
  • a shed.

Traffic Management Definitions


means an area used by vehicles to gain access to a parking space;

Display area

means any outdoor area of a site principally used for the display of goods for sale;


means the roadway by which vehicles move between the road carriageway and the car parking spaces and vice versa, including the crossing over the public footpath;

Full time equivalent (FTE) staff member

is a standardised way of describing the size of the workforce based on the total number of ordinary time paid hours worked (excluding overtime and unpaid work) The FTE workforce describes the total number of full-time employees required to account for all ordinary time paid hours work.  It is not a count of the number of employees.  For example, two employees, both working half the standard number of full-time hours for their position, will together be counted as one FTE employee.

Gross leasable floor area (GLFA)

 is the sum of the area of each floor of a building where the area of each floor is taken to be the area within the internal faces of the walls, excluding stairs, amenities, lifts corridors and other public areas but including stock storage area.

Market area

means an area equivalent to twice the site area physically occupied by the market stalls at that market;

Pick up/set down area

means an area set aside for the picking up or setting down of vehicle passengers or goods, preferably physically separate from any adjacent vehicle carriageway;

Public floor area

means the area where the public are permitted in a bar, lounge, beer garden, dining room, auditorium and other similar entertainment area, but does not include non-licensed areas in registered clubs.

Service vehicle

means a vehicle used for the purpose of loading and unloading goods and waste collection;

Shopping centre

means one or more buildings forming a complex of shops.  It typically has interconnecting paths between shops allowing visitors easy access.  It typically has interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit, along with a parking area.  It could best be described as a modern, indoor version of the traditional marketplace.

Sports Field

means a playing surface of accommodating senior sporting activities with an area ranging from 64m-70m wide x 100m-130m long with surrounding space around the field.  These fields accommodate sports such as soccer, rugby league, rugby union and touch football. With sufficient surrounding space, two parallel sports fields can accommodate the overlay of a sports oval field for sports such as cricket and AFL.

Work bay

means an area of a vehicle repair station, service station or similar establishment which is normally used for the servicing or repair of a single vehicle, including any car washing bay.

Signage Definitions

‘A’ Frame Sign (Double or Single-Sided)

a portable, free standing advertisement consisting of either two advertising boards supporting each other in an ‘A’ configuration, or one advertising board supported by one or more posts in an ‘A’ configuration. 

Above Awning Sign

an advertisement which is located above an awning or verandah. 

Advertising Land Developments –

a sign erected for the purposes of displaying information about a development such as the name of the development, the plan, the features as well as sales, real estate or developer contact details.

Banner Sign –

a soft plastic/canvas/polycanvas material bearing letters and numbers and/or pictures, which is visible from a public place. Banners are usually fixed to a solid frame or posts. This includes Blade signs.

Billboard Sign

an advertisement supported by one or more column(s) or post(s) which are independent of any building or other structure.

Bill / fly-posters

bills or posters attached to walls, power poles, street name signs, public furniture or public property. 


a string of lightweight coloured material or plastic secured at both ends but allowed to move freely. 

Community Signs

are signs for a community organisation erected to advertise a community event or place of community interest and may include a safety house or neighbourhood watch sign. 

Exhibition Homes, Villages & Unit Signs

a sign advertising an exhibition home or homes, villages or units open for public inspection.

Fascia Sign

a sign fixed or applied to the face of a building or awning.   

Flagpole Sign

a tall staff or pole on which a flag or banner is raised for advertising purposes.

Flashing Sign

an advertisement illuminated at frequent intervals by either an internal or external light, whether or not included in any other type of sign.

Multiple Occupancy Identification Sign

a sign, or group of signs containing a list of businesses or people occupying a shared tenancy or premises. 

Place Entry Sign

an identification sign incorporated into the landscaping and or retaining structures located at the entrance of a major urban release or place.

Pole / Pylon Sign

a single advertising structure which is independent of a building.

Projecting Wall Sign

an advertisement attached to a building at one end and projecting away from the building facade, but not protruding beyond the roadside edge of the awning or above the roof line of a building.

Real Estate Sign

an advertisement in respect of a place, land, or premises to which it is affixed and contains only a notice that the place or premises is for sale or letting, together with particulars of the sale or letting. 

Roof Sign

an advertisement erected on or above the parapet of a building that is wholly or partly supported by the building.

Sponsorship Sign

advertisements on the playing surface or on the inside of a fence around the playing surface of a sporting facility displaying information about sponsors or products of sponsors of teams or organisations using the sporting facility seen only from the inside of the ground or complex.

Street Sign

sign erected on public road which include guide sign, warning sign, temporary warning sign, regulatory sign, parking sign, hazardous markers and service symbols as defined under Australian Standard AS 1742.

Temporary Sign

means an advertisement of a temporary nature which:

  1. announces any local event of a religious, educational, cultural, political, social or recreational character or relates to any temporary matter in connection with such an event, and
  2. does not include advertising of a commercial nature (except for the name of
  3. an event sponsor), and
  4. is displayed for a period of not more than 28 days.

Top Hamper Sign

an advertisement attached to the transom of a doorway or display window of a building.

Under Awning Sign

an advertisement attached to the underside of the awning other than the fascia or return end of the awing.

Variable Message Board

means a device used to display a message by the display of lights that are capable of being programmed to deliver a message to passing motorists. These devices are generally used to deliver road traffic alerts.

Visible Wall Area 

the total wall area of the building façade of the primary frontage including the area of windows and openings.

Wall Sign

an advertisement attached to the side or front wall of a building and not projecting more than 100mm from the wall surface. 

Window Sign

signs painted on or affixed to the window of a building. 

Dams Definitions


means the slope of the dam wall, the excavated or constructed face of a dam wall, embankment or cutting, produced as a result of earthmoving operations involving cutting and filling.


means a depressed area adjacent to the dam wall used for the dispersion of overflow water away from or around the embankment.


means the top of the dam wall.

Cut-off trench

means a trench dug below ground level of the dam wall, parallel to the crest, to prevent seepage or movement of water under or past the structure. Pervious material is removed and replaced with clay.

Earth dam

means a barrier, embankment or excavated earth structure generally built in or near a drainage line which has the primary purpose for impounding water for storage. These dams are usually used for water conservation on properties with an agricultural use and are used for such purposes as stock watering, domestic supply, irrigation and firefighting.


means the height from the top water level to the crest.

Maximum harvestable right dam capacity (MHRDC)

means the total dam capacity allowed under the harvestable rights for your property, based on 10% of the average regional rainfall runoff and takes into account local evaporation rates and rainfall periods.


means pipes, bywashes or other devices used to divert excess water from a dam. In most cases this includes an excavated level channel extending from the end of the embankment to a level outlet, i.e., bywash.

Top water level

means the height of the water level of the dam determined at its maximum capacity at spillway level.