Planning schemes

Compliance with Hobart planning schemes

Hobart is governed by two planning schemes: the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 and the  Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 (PDF, 7MB) .

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

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: your proposal will be assessed in relation to both height and distance from boundaries.

  • Access and parking: most proposals will have a requirement for parking and access, which relates to the use of the property.

  • Heritage: if your property is heritage listed or in a heritage precinct, or is 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 phone 03 6238 2715.

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

For information on the state-wide planning scheme go to

The following planning schemes have been superseded by the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015:

Battery Point Planning Scheme 1979(PDF, 710KB)

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