Resource consents: New housing density standards for enabling more homes

Publish Date : 25 Jul 2022
Resource consents: New housing density standards for enabling more homes

New housing density standards come into effect on August 18, 2022, which will enable more homes to be built across the Auckland region.

The new rules, the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS), require high-growth councils across New Zealand to ease their planning restrictions for what can be built without a resource consent by implementing the new standards that enable (but not require) greater housing density.

For many Auckland property owners, this means they will be free to build up to three homes of up to three storeys on their site, provided they comply with all other development rules and standards and are not subject to a qualifying matter, or exemption, to limit building heights and density in some areas.

The new density standards:

Maximum number of residential units per site


Maximum building height

11m + 1m for pitched roof

Maximum height in relation to boundary

4m + 60° recession plane

Minimum setbacks

Front yard: 1.5m
Side yard: 1m
Rear yard: 1m (excluded on corner sites)

Maximum building coverage

50% of the net site area

Minimum outdoor living space (one per unit)

Ground floor: 20m2, 3m dimension Above ground floor: 8m2, 1.8m dimension

Minimum outlook space
(per unit)

Principal living room: 4m depth, 4m width All other habitable rooms: 1m depth, 1m width

Minimum windows to street

20% glazing of the street-facing façade

Minimum landscaped area

20% of the developed site with grass or plants


For more information, please visit the Auckland Design Manual for the Practice and Guidance Note on Plan Change 78

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