Manor Houses under the LRMD Code

Today’s post is in response to a question regarding manor houses under the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code.

The question is:

When will local councils have to accept manor houses under the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (LRMD Code) as complying development?

The answer is that it depends on where you are proposing to build a manor house. As it currently stands:

  • some councils currently accept manor houses under the LRMD Code as complying development;
  • the LRMD Code is set to commence for most local councils on 1 July 2019, at which point those councils will have to accept manor houses as complying development; and
  • the LRMD Code is set to commence in the City of Ryde local government area on 1 July 2020, at which point that council will have to accept manor houses as complying development.

It is best to contact the relevant local council to find out whether the LRMD Code is currently in operation.


Important external factors

  • A state election is scheduled for 23 March 2019. The LRMD Code has been the subject of much political debate, which is likely to be the case in the lead up to the election. This could result in policy and legislative changes to the LRMD Code after the election.
  • The commencement dates for the LRMD Code could change. This has occured with other parts of planning law in recent times. With this in mind, it’s important to be aware that there could be further delays to the commencement of the LRMD Code.
  • On 29 November 2018, the Minister of Planning gave a speech (click here to read it) in which he said he would “revisit” the LRMD Code “aggressively” in the new year. It seems likely that there may be further changes to the LRMD Code if the current state government is returned to power in 2019.

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Alyce is a civil engineer and a practicing lawyer, who has a desire to share her insights on the legal and practical realities of the development industry.

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