Sustainability in Your Planning Application

All applicants should consider sustainability within their planning applications.  Refer to Table 1 in Clause 22.05 of the Stonnington Planning Scheme to check the ESD application requirements relevant to the scale of development proposed. The benefits of considering ESD at the planning stage include:

  • optimising your building design as early as possible, particularly when it comes at the lowest cost
  • obtaining planning certainty in relation to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) by addressing mandatory Building Code of Australia (BCA) energy efficiency requirements as early as possible
  • improving indoor comfort for residents and users by considering factors such as the building’s orientation, external shading, efficient use of water and the materials used
  • lowering the building’s impact on the environment
  • future-proofing occupants against the rising costs of power and water, as well as ensuring higher property returns in the future
  • preparing for the Mandatory Disclosure Scheme which will soon be introduced to the residential market and extended in the commercial market. *At the start of 2020, the Mandatory Disclosure Scheme is still pending for residential buildings however there is now a scheme for commercial buildings.  The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program is a regulatory program that requires energy efficiency information to be provided in most cases when commercial office space of 1000 square metres or more is offered for sale or lease.

Through the production of SDAs and SMPs, applicants can ensure that opportunities for sustainable design are maximised and that these achievements can be documented and shared with stakeholders.



SDA / SMP Requirements

To assist in our appraisal of a project, see below for a list of information which may typically be requested in conjunction with the SDA / SMP.

All developments  

Residential and non residential:

  • BESS tool reports (or similar)
  • STORM or MUSIC rating - tools which assess your application’s storm water management qualities
  • anticipated minimum energy efficiency rating of major appliances for heating, cooling and hot water (energy labelling)
  • anticipated minimum water efficiency rating of taps and fittings (WELS ratings)
  • anticipated light fittings, for example, incandescent, compact fluorescent or LED?
  • on-site renewable energy devices (if applicable)
  • major construction materials to be used
  • all sustainable design features to be marked clearly on plans such as location of water tanks, solar panels, external shading devices, openable windows (cross ventilation), landscaping (in particular, location of existing/proposed mature trees), permeable paving.

Residential ONLY developments will also need:

Non-residential ONLY developments will also need:

  • BCA Section J assessment or anticipated minimum standard
  • expected NABERS rating.