Preparing a site plan

A scaled site plan is required for all development applications. The site plan must comply with the following criteria as a minimum - however a lesser level of detail may be acceptable in some circumstances. 

The site plan must: 

  • Be drawn to scale, recommended scale of 1:200, showing all boundaries of the property including the boundaries and dimensions of the site
  • The position of any existing or proposed building on the site; and the minimum distance between the proposed building or structure and front, side and rear boundaries of the site
  • Show the location of any regulated tree on the site or on adjoining land that may be affected by the works
  • Show how stormwater will be discharged from the property
  • Show the location of any proposed retaining walls with details of required cut and/or fill
  • Show driveways from adjoining roads onto the land and car parking spaces for occupants and visitors
  • Indicate location of street furniture such as stobie poles and any side entry pits adjacent to the property
  • For sloped land, contours of the land and finished floor levels of proposed building work in relation to the water table may be required.

If you require a site plan to be prepared on your behalf, contact a draftsperson or architect. 

 

When selecting a scale it is important to consider the following:

  • The size of your property. The scale selected determines the size of your drawings.  When selecting your scale, it is important to ensure your site plan fits on a single piece of paper
  • Consider the amount of information you need to include on your plan.  Properties with a lot of information will need to be drawn at a larger scale to ensure that all information can be easily read. The smaller the number, the larger the drawing
  • Elevation drawings generally need to be drawn at a larger scale to clearly convey the appearance of a building
  • There is no such thing as a right scale provided all information is clearly legible. Pick a scale(s) suitable to your property.

1:100 – 1 centimetre  = 1 metre

This scale may be appropriate for

  • smaller properties
  • elevation drawings

Example -

Scale

1:200 – 0.5 centimetres = 1 metre

This scale may be suitable for

  • most site plans

Not suitable for

  • elevation drawings

Example -

Scale

1:500 – 2 millimetres = 1 metre

Only suitable for

  • very large properties

Not suitable for

  • standard suburban sized allotments
  • elevation drawings

Example -

Scale

1:50 – 1 centimetre = 0.5 metres

Only suitable for

  • elevation drawings

Not suitable for

  • site plans

Example -

Scale