Introducing Green Factor! Demonstrate the green infrastructure credentials of your proposed development using the free online Green Factor tool.
Available for all planning applicants in the City of Port Phillip to use, Green Factor can create a site-specific assessment for submission with your planning application. Submitting a Green Factor assessment will also earn you credit under the Innovation category of BESS.
See details of Green Factor and BESS in the “Sustainable Assessments” section of this webpage and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New 7 star energy efficiency building standards. Energy ratings for dwellings are required to achieve a minimum 7 star rating (NatHERS) as of May 2024. This requirement is being introduced across Victoria as the National Construction Code 2022 (NCC) takes full effect.
Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) are essential design components for all types of development, regardless of scale. The City of Port Phillip implements Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) to secure good sustainable design outcomes for all new development. More detail is available in Council’s Sustainable Design Strategy (PDF 23 MB).
When applying for a planning permit, applications must incorporate ESD information and a Stormwater Management Assessment (SMA), under the Port Phillip Planning Scheme Clauses 19.03-3L Stormwater management (water sensitive urban design) and 15.01-2L-02 Environmentally Sustainable Development.
Port Phillip is currently part of a council collaboration to seek authorisation to elevate the ESD Local Policy targets, to ensure resilience of our built environment in mitigating climate change. You can learn more about this new policy amendment here.
What to submit
Your application submission will include the required ESD report, ESD Tool Assessment report and plans showing the ESD features.
The information submitted will depend on the size of your proposed development. Details can be found in the table below.
More information on each report and tool can be found under the sustainable assessments section below. Items in the table marked with an asterisk 9*) are optional.
|Development type||ESD documentation||ESD assessment tool|
|Small residential below 50m²||None||None|
|Extension over 50m² which is less than a 50% increase to dwelling size||WSUD Response|
|Extension over 50m² which is more than a 50% increase to dwelling size||WSUD Response|
|2 to 9 dwellings|
|10+ dwellings||WSUD Response|
BESS or Green Star
|Development Type||ESD Documentation||ESD Assessment Tool|
|Small non-residential below 50m²||None||None|
|Extensions and new buildings from 50m2 up to 1000m2 GFA||WSUD Response|
|STORM or MUSIC|
|Extensions and new buildings over 1000m² GFA||WSUD Response|
Green Travel Plan
|BESS or Green Star|
STORM or MUSIC
Please note: Green Factor is optional for all development types. Submission of a Green Factor assessment earns a credit for the Innovation category in BESS.
The 10 sustainable building categories
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
Sustainable Design in Fishermans Bend
Design and Development Awards
The City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards has encouraged and celebrated design excellence in urban design, architecture, heritage, public space, sustainability, interior architecture and urban art in the City of Port Phillip since 1998.
If you have any queries about or need assistance with sustainable design, please contact us:
Online: Online Services
Phone: 03 9209 6303
In person: visit the Planning and Building Counter at St Kilda Town Hall during opening hours Monday to Friday
Post: Statutory Planning, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag 3, St Kilda VIC 3182