Landscape gardening

Exemptions from development and building approval may apply to certain landscape gardening provided it complies with relevant provisions of Regulations. Examples of landscape gardening include planting, establishing garden beds, paving, ground treatments, mulching, topsoiling and ground surface regrading.

Exemptions from development approval

The development does not need development approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. Below is a summary of the provisions. It is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that:

  • it is on land leased for residential purposes or prescribed landscaping (whether or not the land is leased for residential purposes)
  • if it affects an existing public pedestrian access way, footpath or bicycle path, the landscape gardening maintains the existing public access to the access way, footpath or bicycle path
  • it complies with relevant general exemption criteria. (Criterion 1—easement and other access clearances, does not apply if there is no construction or installation of a structure).

See definitions to understand the terms in italics.

Exemptions from building approval

The development does not need building approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. Below is a summary of the provisions and is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may have been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that:

  • it is not in relation to buildings or structures as defined in the Building Act 2004.

No building approval, licence, notice, certifier, plans, inspections, certificates, design or construction standards required under the Building Act 2004.

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