Better Apartments Design Standards

The Better Apartments Design Standards are a Victorian Government initiative to improve the liveability and sustainability of apartments across Victoria.

In 2019, the Victorian Government announced changes to the planning rules for apartment developments, with a focus on the relationship between new apartment developments and the amenity of existing neighbourhoods.

The proposed changes build on the Better Apartments Design Standards in the Victoria Planning Provisions, which were introduced by the government in 2017 to improve the internal design of new apartments and make them more liveable and sustainable.

The released discussion paper sets out some potential changes to the Better Apartments Design Standards and the Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria and explores five policy aims for new apartment developments, including the need for:

  • Green space in common areas of buildings, which preferably include trees to provide shade and landscaping that softens the street.
  • High quality building facades made from robust, durable and attractive materials that complement surrounding buildings and provide visual interest.
  • Protection from wind impacts on surrounding streets and open space, so the spaces are comfortable to use and likely to be used more often.
  • Attractive, engaging streets that enhance the amenity, safety and walkability of the neighbourhood.
  • Better managed construction impacts on existing neighbourhoods.

View Better Apartments on the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) website.  

The City of Port Phillip supports the Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) and is committed to working to ensure the design standards improve the quality of apartment design and increase certainty for the development sector and our community.

See Council's submission in March 2020 to the Draft Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods standards, guidelines and practice note.

What has Council previously done?

Council officers prepared a submission in response to the Victorian State Government’s Better Apartments Discussion Paper that was endorsed by Council at the ordinary Council meeting on 11 August 2015. Download the submission to the Better Apartment Discussion Paper.

Contact a Strategic Planner

For further information about this project, please contact the City Strategy & Policy team
Phone: (03) 9209 6777
In person: visit St Kilda Town Hall during office hours Monday to Friday

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