New residential building code for Tasmania to be completed next month

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green this week said that he expected a new streamlined approvals process for the residential building code to be completed next month.

Calling it an "important step forward as part of an overall planning reform package," Mr Green said the new state-wide residential code would cut costs and ease the regulatory burden for single dwellings.

The code will simplify and standardise regulations for visual and acoustic privacy, front fences, setback from a frontages, the width of garages and carports, the building envelope and site coverage and rear area, according to Mr Green.

"Planning reform is a clear priority for the Government and we have been working closely with key stakeholders to deliver these new residential standards."

Mr Green said the government's overall regional planning initiative was central to the reform of Tasmania's planning system.

"The Government remains committed delivering new planning schemes to all councils around Tasmania this year including regional strategies in the three regions."

The new regional strategy for the North-West and North is expected to be completed shortly followed by the South later this year.

The reforms will also result in the creation of a new state-wide template with standardised provisions.

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