Building envelopes

What is a building envelope?

A building envelope illustrates an outline of that portion of the lot where buildings can be constructed. A building envelope can sometimes limit the number of storeys of a building or its total height or restrict the type of buildings that are allowed to be built and may have been put in place to protect vegetation or setback requirements. Occasionally when land is subdivided a building envelope is placed as a restriction on the title of the land or endorsed plans.

Can I apply to build outside of the building envelope?

A planning permit application can be lodged to build outside of the building envelope and Council can consider the application. It is advised to seek guidance from Council due to the complexities of the planning requirements for a variation of the building envelopes. Please contact the Statutory Planning Department on 1300 322 322. You may wish to meet with Council’s Statutory Planners for a pre-application meeting.