Sutherland Shire Local Environment Plan 2015

R4 High Density Residential

In the R4 High Density Residential zone, residential flats are appropriate and encouraged to create a more dense urban form than the other residential zones. The zone also allows other housing options, such as multiple dwelling houses and single dwelling houses, and uses compatible with the residential neighbourhood, including childcare centres, neighbourhood shops and places of public worship. The R4 zone is generally applied to land surrounding centres where residents can readily access services and public transport. 

R4 zone uses

The R4 zone is primarily for residential flat buildings. However, housing types suited to sites that are not large enough to realize a residential flat building, i.e., single dwellings, dual occupancies, multi dwelling houses and secondary dwellings, are also permissible in this zone.

Home occupations are permissible without consent in the R4 zone, as long as they meet the requirements in the LEP.

The following uses can be carried out with development consent:

  • Attached dwellings
  • Backpackers’ accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Boarding houses
  • Child care centres
  • Community facilities
  • Dual occupancies
  • Dwelling houses
  • Environmental protection works
  • Flood mitigation works
  • Home businesses
  • Home industries
  • Hostels
  • Multi dwelling housing
  • Neighbourhood shops
  • Places of public worship
  • Recreation areas
  • Residential flat buildings
  • Respite day care centres
  • Roads
  • Seniors housing
  • Shop top housing

All other uses that are not listed above are prohibited in the zone unless they are specifically permissible under State Environmental Planning Policies, such as Secondary Dwellings being permitted through the Affordable Housing SEPP. 

R4 Zone locations

Zoning maps for the LEP2015 (opens in new window)

Hard copies can be viewed at the council administration foyer. Phone enquiries can be made to a Duty Officer on 9710 0333.

LEP 2015 Development controls on R4 High Density Residential

Height controls are no longer expressed in storeys, they are instead controlled through a maximum number of metres. The maximum height in the R4 zone is generally 16m; however some areas of higher maximums exist. Please refer to the height maps for site specific controls.

The FSR in the R4 zone is generally 1.2:1; however, some areas have higher densities. Please refer to the floor space ratio maps for site specific controls.

Developments in the R4 zone must provide a minimum 30% landscaped area, which does not include any paved area.

More Information

Enquiries can be directed to a Duty Officer on 9710 0333 or

LEP 2015 Essentials

LEP 2015 Zones

  • B1 Neighbourhood Centre
  • B2 Local Centre
  • B3 Commercial Core
  • B4 Mixed Use
  • B5 Business Development
  • B6 Enterprise Corridor
  • B7 Business Park
  • IN1 General Industrial
  • IN2 Light Industrial
  • IN3 Heavy Industrial
  • IN4 Working Waterfront
  • E1 National Parks and Nature Reserves
  • E2 Environmental Conservation
  • RE1 Public Recreation
  • RE2 Private Recreation
  • E3 Environmental Management
  • E4 Environmental Living
  • R2 Low Density Residential
  • R3 Medium Density Residential
  • R4 High Density Residential
  • SP1 Special Activities
  • SP2 Infrastructure
  • SP3 Tourist
  • W1 Natural Waterways
  • W2 Recreational Waterways
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