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 22.12 Stormwater Management (WSUD) and 22.13 Environmentally Sustainable Development.
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 sustainable assessments.
Items in the table marked with an asterisk (*) indicate the SMA can be integral to the Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) or Sustainable Management Plan (SMP), or a stand-alone document.
|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||SMA*|
|Extension over 50m² which is more than a 50% increase to dwelling size||SMA*|
|2 to 9 dwellings||SMA*|
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||SMA*|
|STORM or MUSIC|
|Extensions and new buildings over 1000m² GFA||SMA*|
Green Travel Plan
|BESS or Green Star|
STORM or MUSIC
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:
Phone: 03 9209 6303
In person: visit the Planning and Building Counter at St Kilda Town Hall between 8.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday
Post: Statutory Planning, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag 3, St Kilda VIC 3182