What is a multi-unit dwelling?
Council’s encourage multi-unit dwellings in higher density areas to meet present and future housing needs.
Multi-unit dwellings generally include the following:
- Apartments and units,
- Retirement villages,
- Nursing homes,
- Boarding houses,
- Hostels and other institutional accommodation,
- Residential development for people with special needs,
- Aged care accommodation.
Multi-unit dwellings are also know as multiple dwellings by other planning schemes. The preferred areas and criteria for such development vary between the Council’s.
The criteria for a multi-unit development in Brisbane are as follows:
- The preferred zones are the low-medium density residential (LMR), medium density (MR) and high density (HR) areas. The site area in LMR is to be a minimum of 600m² with a minimum frontage of 17m. In MR and HR the site area is to be a minimum of 800m² with a minimum frontage of 20m. These minimum areas may be negotiable as we have been able to achieve a solution on lots down to 400m².
- They may be appropriate for low density residential areas. The site area is to be a minimum of 3,000m² with a minimum frontage of 40m.
- They may be considered in a character area (CR) at a maximum density of 1 unit per 300m². The site area is to be a minimum of 800m² with a minimum frontage of 20m.
In the Brisbane and Logan City Councils, proposed multi-unit dwelling developments with 10 units or less may be suitable for assessment using the RiskSMART process. We are accredited Risksmart consultants with both Councils.