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Floor space and other incentives

Under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (ARHSEPP), floor space incentives for villa, townhouse and residential flat building development projects (in accessible locations and where these uses are already permitted) may be available for projects which include some affordable rental housing.

Floor space incentives may also be available for new generation boarding house developments.

Affordable housing developed as part of a villa, townhouse or residential flat building development project must remain as affordable housing for at least 10 years and must be managed by a registered community housing provider.

Boarding house development projects do not need to be managed by a community housing provider, even if they include floor space bonuses.

For more information about floor space incentives or bonuses, contact:

The NSW Department of Planning
(02) 9228 6111

Some local councils offer additional incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing. These may be offered through mechanisms such as negotiated planning agreements.

For more information about other incentives for developments including affordable housing, including if there are any available in a particular location, talk to the relevant council directly.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019