Change in Planning Rules for Auckland

Change in Planning Rules for Auckland

Publish Date: September 8 2022 by Craig Shorrock, Stroud Homes Auckland South

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Good news for aspiring homeowners & investors

Last month, significant changes to Auckland’s planning rules came into effect, enabling more higher density housing to be built across the region.

For a lot of areas around Auckland, you can now build up to three residential houses on one site without requiring a resource consent.

Here is what you need to know about the change in planning rules.

What do the new rules mean?

The Medium Density Residential Standards laid out by the Central government  will ease planning rules across New Zealand for what can be built without a resource consent.

If you are a property owner in Auckland, this means you will now be allowed to build up to three homes of up to three storeys on your site. Previously, district plans typically only allow for one home of up to two storeys.

The new rules also include the allowing of greater building height in relation to boundary and increasing building coverage on sites, significantly making it easier to fit a house on the back of your section.

This means more homes could potentially be built, and quicker!

It doesn’t necessarily mean people will squeeze in 3 dwellings on their sections, but it is a great opportunity for the mum and dad empty-nesters to build a rental property in form of a minor dwelling (or two) on the back of their existing residential home.

Stroud Homes Auckland South has special expertise in designing and building homes with attached or detached minor dwellings.


Who will benefit?

The new density rules only apply to properties in residential zones that are not subject to a qualifying matter.

It is proposed that most residential home owners in Auckland’s urban areas will be able to enjoy the new rules under one of three zones:

  1. Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings Zone (now allowing for buildings of six storeys or more).
  2. Mixed Housing Urban Zone (now allowing for three buildings of up to three storeys).
  3. Low Density Residential Zone (qualifying matters apply, limited to two storeys)

If you have questions on what this can mean for you, feel free to get in touch with Craig and discuss your opportunities.

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Get the ball rollin’

These rules just came into effect, beat the crowd an get started today!

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