Neighbourhood character

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Neighbourhood character is the way the features of an area come together to give that area its own particular sense of place. In Nillumbik, all new residential development needs to respect and contribute to the neighbourhood character of the area.

The Shire's residential areas are divided into 18 neighbourhood character precincts. The precincts are also grouped into one of the following character types:

  • Bush (B)
  • Bush garden (BG)
  • Eltham central (EC)
  • Garden court (GC)
  • Rural (R)
  • Semi bush (SB)
  • Settlement (S)

Precinct design guidelines

Each precinct has a set of design guidelines that Nillumbik Council uses when assessing planning applications in residential areas.

Enter your suburb name into the search tool below and select 'Search', to view the precinct guidelines for your suburb.

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More information

Planning controls differ across the Shire of Nillumbik, so it's important to get advice before making changes to your property.

To find out more about neighbourhood character and how it affects your property, contact:

Planning Services Unit
Tel: 9433 3343