4.2.5 Height, Site Coverage and Siting


  1. To ensure development is of a scale appropriate to protect residential amenity; and
  2. To ensure building heights achieve built form outcomes that reinforce quality urban and building design.


  1. The highest point of a building containing residential accommodation must not exceed the height specified on the Height of Buildings Map in CLEP 2010. In those areas which have a maximum height of 9.5m under CLEP 2010, the height of a dwelling house must not exceed two storeys above existing ground level.
  2. Attic rooms may be provided in the roof void where the roof pitch does not exceed 45 degrees. Such rooms are not considered a storey.
  3. Sub-floor garages may be considered on sloping sites where it will achieve a better design outcome.
  4. The ground floor level should be no more than 1m above finished ground level. Finished dwelling ground floor levels greater than 1m above natural ground level may be permitted where it can be demonstrated that there are no adverse impact on adjoining properties and the streetscape.
  5. Dwellings must not exceed the site coverage as shown in Table 4-3 below.
Table 4-3:  Site Coverage

Lot Size                 

Site Coverage (maximum)


Single Storey development – ≤60%

Two Storey Development –

≤50% (ground floor)

≤35% (upper floor)


Single Storey Development – ≤50%

Two Storey Development –

≤50% (ground floor)

≤30% (upper floor)

Site Coverage Definition CLEP 2010

site coverage means the proportion of a site area covered by buildings. However, the following are not included for the purpose of calculating site coverage:

(a)  any basement,

(b)  any part of an awning that is outside the outer walls of a building and that adjoins the street frontage or other site boundary,

(c)  any eaves,

(d)  unenclosed balconies, decks, pergolas and the like.