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Reformed Residential Zones

State Government Review of the Residential Zones

The State Government has completed a review of the reformed residential zones – the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ), the General Residential Zone (GRZ), and the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), which were introduced to Victorian Planning Schemes in 2014.

The review recommended that some changes be made to the zones. The reviewed zones were introduced to all Victorian Planning Schemes on 27 March 2017 through VC110. The changes that have been made to each zone can be summarised as:

Neighbourhood Residential Zone

  • The dwelling limit has been removed.  
  • The mandatory height limit has been increased from 8m to 9m, and a maximum of 2 storeys applies.  
  • A minimum garden area is required for Planning and Building Permit Applications.  
  • Local councils can now describe the local neighbourhood character and design objectives to be achieved.  

General Residential Zone

  •  The height limit has been increased from a discretionary limit of 9 metres to mandatory limit of 11 metres, and a maximum of 3 storeys. A minimum garden area is required for Planning and Building Permit Applications.

Residential Growth Zone

  • Councils can now describe the local design objectives in a schedule.

More information on the review process and the changes made is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.