A Foreshore Building Line (FBL) is defined on the Foreshore Building Line map.

What is the foreshore area?

The foreshore area is the land between the FBL and the mean high-water mark (MHWM).

Landowners can check the location of the FBL using the Foreshore Building Map LEP 2015 .

(From the LEP maps page, change the layer to 'Foreshore Building Line')

You can also request electronic data from Council (see below).

What development is permitted within the foreshore area?

Limited development, such as jetties, boatsheds and waterway access stairs are permitted with consent.

Usually, a new dwelling house is not permitted within the foreshore area. However, if there is no reasonable alternative, consent for a new house within the foreshore area may be granted. In exceptional circumstances, consent may also be granted for a building within the foreshore area if the levels, depth or other exceptional features of the site make it appropriate.

The LEP contains a full list of what is permissible - and what we will consider - in foreshore areas.

Development below the MHWM

Development below the (MHWM) is generally on land with a waterways zoning and requires development consent.

FBLs and DAs  

Development Applications on affected properties must identify the location of the FBL on survey plans.

Apply for FBL electronic data

A fee (currently $74 per application) applies. The data will be provided within three business days.

Your application must include a specified data format that is either:

  • Autocad (or similar) DWG format (commonly used by surveyors and landscape architects, etc.)
  • Text file format (aka ascii point file), supplying the X & Y coordinates for manual addition to your plan.
  • Both Autocad DWG format and Text file format together.

These data formats are provided in either:

  • Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (MGA94 Zone 56 Projection)
  • Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (MGA20 Zone 56 Projection).

More information about GDA 1994 or GDA 2020 can be found here.

You should consult with your expert regarding the preferred file type and projection before applying for your FBL data.

The data we supply is a series of points (X & Y coordinates) that form the FBL. Plans that require the FBL to be added - such as survey plans or landscape architect's plans - must be in the same projection before the data is overlaid.

Apply for electronic copies of your FBL


Foreshore Building Line general information
Environmental Planning Unit
Tel:  9710 0800

Electronic data technical information
Spatial Services Team
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