The Design Guide is referenced in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP).

The Low Rise Housing Diversity Code in Part 3B of the Codes SEPP contains the development standards for manor houses, multi dwelling housing (terraces) and dual occupancies. The Design Guide contains the Design Criteria that must be met in order to obtain a complying development certificate (CDC) under Part 3B of the Codes SEPP.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 requires that a qualified designer, or a building designer accredited by the Building Designers Association of Australia, must:

  • submit a Design Verification Statement verifying that they have designed, or directed the design of the development; and
  • verify that the design of the development is consistent with the design criteria in the Design Guide.

The BDAA supports the recognition of accredited Building Designers within current legislation. This should be included in the proposed Design and Places SEPP and The Design and Building Practitioners Regulations 2021 for consistency and certainty for building designers.