Planning schemes

Hobart is governed by two planning schemes - the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 and the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997.

These planning schemes set out policies and requirements for the use, development, protection and conservation of land within the municipality.

The assessment process for development applications under both schemes is governed by the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.

Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015

The Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 is available on the Tasmanian Government’s iPlan website.

Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015

For more information on the relevant zones, view the zones map and overlays.

Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997

The Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 covers the area surrounding the Hobart waterfront, including Princes Wharf, Macquarie Wharf, Franklin Wharf, the cenotaph, the railyards, Wapping and Salamanca.

The scheme is overseen by the City of Hobart. Between 2005 and 2011, the scheme was administered by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.

Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997(PDF, 7MB)

Assessment of planning applications

Planning applications are assessed under the following criteria:

  • Use: What is the current use of the property? A 'house' is an acceptable use in most zones. Many commercial uses, however, are not permitted in residential zones.
  • Density: Density is determined by assessing floor area in relation to land area.
  • Height: Depending on your location there will be maximum height requirements applied to your proposal.
  • Siting: Proposals are assessed in relation to both height and distance from boundaries.
  • Access and parking: Most proposals will have a requirement for parking and access, appropriate to the intended use of the property.
  • Heritage: Property that are heritage listed, in a heritage precinct, or adjacent to a heritage listed property in the Central Business Zone, your proposal will be considered in relation to the impact on the heritage values of the listed property or precinct.
  • Bushland management: If your property is located in or adjacent to bushland area, or a zone where bushland habitat is present, your proposal will be considered in relation to vegetation, fauna, water quality and bushfire issues.
  • Signs: An application is required when a new sign is to be erected or when an existing sign type is replaced. If the face of the sign is changing and dimensions and other features remain unaltered, you may not need a planning application.

For more information about planning schemes in the City of Hobart, please contact City Planning on 03 6238 2715.

Information about the state-wide planning scheme is available on the Tasmanian Government’s iplan website.

Previous planning schemes

The following planning schemes have been superseded by the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 and are no longer current:

Battery Point Planning Scheme 1979(PDF, 710KB)

City of Hobart Planning Scheme 1982(PDF, 3MB)