What is a Development Control Plan (DCP)?

    A DCP contains detailed planning and building design guidelines for new development and for alterations and additions to existing development. It is a document prepared by Council to guide people when they propose to carry out development. It is also used by Council when assessing and determining development applications.

    The DCP that applies to the Woollahra Municipality is Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015.

    An overarching objective of the DCP is to give effect to the aims of the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014and facilitate development with reference to the unique characteristics of the area where development is proposed.

    What is on exhibition?

    Draft Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (Amendment 5) is on public exhibition from Monday 20 July 2020 to Friday 21 August 2020. It will ensure that our DCP planning controls apply to manor houses and multi dwelling houses (terraces).

    Why is Council implementing these changes?

    This amendment was prepared in response to the introduction of the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (the Code) and specifically to the introduction of two new housing types:

    • Manor house – being a type of residential flat building containing three or four attached dwellings.
    • Multi dwelling housing (terraces) – being three or more attached dwellings on one lot of land, facing and generally aligned along one or more public roads.

    Draft Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (Amendment 5) seeks to ensure that our DCP planning controls apply to manor houses and multi dwelling houses (terraces). 

    Who does this draft amendment affect?

    The draft amendment affects residential development for manor houses or multi dwelling housing (terraces). The Woollahra DCP 2015 applies to the Woollahra local government area.

    What is the low rise housing diversity code?

    The Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (formerly the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code) is a State Government policy that allows dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces (up to two storeys) to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval.

    A complying development approval can be issued if the proposal complies with all the relevant requirements in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP).

    More information about the Code in available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.

    How can I share my views on this draft amendment?

    It’s easy to have your say. Login or register for Your Say Woollahra and make a submission through the submission form. Once you have registered for YourSay, you are able to take part in any open project.

    Alternatively, you can send an email referencing ‘SC4739 Submissions’ to records@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

    Written submissions may be lodged between Wednesday 22 July 2020 - Friday 21 August 2020. All submission must be received before the exhibition closes at 4.30pm on Friday 21 August 2020.

    What happens to my submission?

    Your input will help inform Council decision making and shape the future of Woollahra. All submissions received during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to the Environmental Planning Committee and to a Council meeting.


    The supply of personal information is voluntary. If personal information is not provided, Council may be limited in dealing with a submission. Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings.

    Please note that, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council in relation to any matter will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.

    Pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) the Council may be obliged to allow inspection of its documents, including any submissions you may make.