SDAPP Explained

Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP)

Sustainable design is important for any building project — whether it be a new house or large development ­— and, at Stonnington, we want to lead the transformation in how we live and use our resources in the future.

Buildings today emit 20 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The construction of buildings, including demolition waste, makes up 40 per cent of landfill. In operation, buildings use large amounts of potable water for non-drinking purposes.

For environmental, economical and social reasons, the City of Stonnington supports you in making the most out of your building's efficiency potential.  


Sustainable Design in the planning process 

Sustainable design elements are most effective and have the least cost when they are considered at the earliest stages of a development. For this reason, from August 2012, Stonnington Council’s planning application process has required developers to include Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) considerations within their applications.  This requirement has now been incorporated into the Stonnington Planning Scheme as a local ESD policy at Clause 22.05. 

The City of Stonnington uses the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) program developed by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV); providing clear guidance on sustainability goals and consistency of process with other participating councils across Victoria. Refer to the booklet: Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process – Introduction(PDF, 773KB).


  • a practical approach to assessing sustainable development matters during the planning permit application process
  • the consistent inclusion of key environmental performance considerations into the planning approvals process
  • your guide to achieving more sustainable building outcomes for the long-term benefit of the wider community.

All applicants should consider sustainable design within their developments. However, Council will request certain applications, based on size, to specifically address the 10 key sustainability building categories and follow the process as outlined through SDAPP.

Use the SDAPP Flowchart Flowchart(PDF, 85KB) to help you determine your SDAPP category.