4.2.8 Solar Access


  1. To facilitate solar access to the living areas and private open spaces of the dwelling; and
  2. To ensure that dwellings are designed to minimise overshadowing of adjacent properties and to protect minimum standards of sunlight access to private outdoor living space of adjacent dwellings.


  1. Dwellings must be orientated to maximise solar access to living rooms having regard to future and existing site constraints.
  2. At least one living area must receive a minimum of 3 hours of direct sunlight between 9:00am and 3:00pm on 21 June.
  3. Direct sunlight must reach at least 50% of the PPOS of both the subject dwelling and of any adjoining dwelling, for not less than 3 hours between 9:00am and 3:00pm on 21 June.
  4. At least one window to a living area of dwellings on neighbouring properties must receive a minimum 3 hours of sunlight between 9:00am and 3:00pm on 21 June.

There may be circumstances where existing solar access on neighbouring properties will not be able to be retained due to:

  1. Existing living areas of neighbouring properties being inappropriately located regarding solar access;
  2. Existing site topography;
  3. Existing shadowing from other neighbouring dwellings, structures and trees; and
  4. Orientation of existing lots.