Building Height Standard Review

On 10 December 2018, following the engagement process, the City Planning Committee has proposed to lower the height limits in Hobart’s city centre from the 60m recommended in the planning scheme amendment report to 45m. It was also proposed to lower the height limits in four of other height areas.

The Council will meet on Monday 17 December 2018 to consider the proposed recommendations.


The City of Hobart thanks all those who provided feedback during the engagement period. During the engagement period we received 319 submissions. The key conclusions can be found below:

  • 275 (86%) respondents support the concept of including absolute maximum height limits in the planning schemes.
  • 22 (7%) respondents did not support the concept of including maximum height limits in the planning schemes and in the remaining 21 (6.5%) it was unclear whether height limits were supported or not.
  • Of the respondents that supported maximum height limits, 83 (30%) supported the limits suggested in the draft planning scheme amendments, 69 (25%) did not support the limits suggested, 22 (8%) expressed partial support and in the other 101 (37%) submissions support for or against was not clear.
  • Of the respondents that did not agree with, or only partially agreed with, the limits suggested in the draft planning scheme amendments, 89 (98%) considered that the limits were too high.
  • 21 (7%) respondents specifically stated that a maximum building height of 60m was too high.
  • A number of suggestions were made as to what the maximum height limits should be; these ranged from a maximum of 15m for the whole city to a maximum of 75 m. In Sullivans Cove suggested maximum heights ranged from 12m to 18m.

View the full report.

View the Agenda for the 10 December City Planning Committee Meeting.

On 10 December 2018, following the engagement process, the City Planning Committee has proposed to lower the height limits in Hobart’s city centre from the 60m recommended in the planning scheme amendment report to 45m. It was also proposed to lower the height limits in four of other height areas.

The Council will meet on Monday 17 December 2018 to consider the proposed recommendations.


The City of Hobart thanks all those who provided feedback during the engagement period. During the engagement period we received 319 submissions. The key conclusions can be found below:

  • 275 (86%) respondents support the concept of including absolute maximum height limits in the planning schemes.
  • 22 (7%) respondents did not support the concept of including maximum height limits in the planning schemes and in the remaining 21 (6.5%) it was unclear whether height limits were supported or not.
  • Of the respondents that supported maximum height limits, 83 (30%) supported the limits suggested in the draft planning scheme amendments, 69 (25%) did not support the limits suggested, 22 (8%) expressed partial support and in the other 101 (37%) submissions support for or against was not clear.
  • Of the respondents that did not agree with, or only partially agreed with, the limits suggested in the draft planning scheme amendments, 89 (98%) considered that the limits were too high.
  • 21 (7%) respondents specifically stated that a maximum building height of 60m was too high.
  • A number of suggestions were made as to what the maximum height limits should be; these ranged from a maximum of 15m for the whole city to a maximum of 75 m. In Sullivans Cove suggested maximum heights ranged from 12m to 18m.

View the full report.

View the Agenda for the 10 December City Planning Committee Meeting.

  • Project background

    about 2 months ago

    To ensure the height of development in the central area of Hobart and Sullivans Cove makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and townscape values, and meets community expectations, in June 2018, the City of Hobart commissioned an architect and urban design consultant Leigh Woolley to undertake a review of its current building height standards.

    Leigh Woolley prepared a Building Height Standards Review, which was used by the City of Hobart to develop the Central Hobart Building Height Standards Review Project - Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments report and associated attachments. The report presents the outcomes of the review...

    To ensure the height of development in the central area of Hobart and Sullivans Cove makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and townscape values, and meets community expectations, in June 2018, the City of Hobart commissioned an architect and urban design consultant Leigh Woolley to undertake a review of its current building height standards.

    Leigh Woolley prepared a Building Height Standards Review, which was used by the City of Hobart to develop the Central Hobart Building Height Standards Review Project - Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments report and associated attachments. The report presents the outcomes of the review and outlines appropriate maximum (non-discretionary) height limits for inclusion in the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 (HIPS 2015) and the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 (SCPS 1997). The suggested planning scheme amendments are summarised below.

    Both documents have been published on the agenda of the City Planning Committee agenda held on Monday, 27 August 2018.

    HAVE YOUR SAY

    At its meeting held on Monday 3 September, the Council received the Building Height Standards Review and Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments and endorsed these reports to be released for community engagement. The community were invited to get involved and have their say in the following ways:


    Public Submission

    To make a formal submission, please register with Your Say Hobart, then complete the online submission form by 17 October 2018.

    Alternatively formal submissions can be posted to:

    City of Hobart
    GPO Box 503
    Hobart Tasmania 7001

    Public Forum

    To provide more information about the Building Height Standards Review project, the City of Hobart hosted a public forum with a presentation from Leigh Woolley, followed by a public Q&A session.


    Drop-in Information Session

    The City hosted a public drop in session for the community to find out more about the building height review and the suggested amendments to the planning scheme.


  • Suggested planning scheme amendments

    3 months ago
    Central hobart height areas draft 9.08.18
    The proposed planning scheme amendments based on the outcomes of the Building Height Standards Review are summarised below:

    In the Central Business Zone it is proposed that the height control planes be implemented by the designation of five Height Areas as shown on the map below.

    For each of Height Areas 1 to 5 an acceptable solution (permitted) maximum height is specified along with a suggested absolute maximum height that would be contained in the performance criteria. These range from 18 m in Height Area 5 to 60 m in Height Area 1. In Height Area 4 the performance criteria...

    The proposed planning scheme amendments based on the outcomes of the Building Height Standards Review are summarised below:

    In the Central Business Zone it is proposed that the height control planes be implemented by the designation of five Height Areas as shown on the map below.

    For each of Height Areas 1 to 5 an acceptable solution (permitted) maximum height is specified along with a suggested absolute maximum height that would be contained in the performance criteria. These range from 18 m in Height Area 5 to 60 m in Height Area 1. In Height Area 4 the performance criteria also requires a transition in the height of development within Height Area 4 between higher buildings in the inner core of the Central Business Zone (Height Area 1) and lower buildings in adjacent zones and Height Area 5.

    In Height Area 4 the absolute height limit proposed is 45 m or 21 m if within 50 m of land within Height Area 5 or the Commercial Zone.

    It is also proposed that the sites currently zoned Commercial between Melville and Brisbane streets be rezoned to Central Business.

    New figures showing the view lines and view cones identified in Section 4 of the Building Height Standards Review Report are also to be included.

    Other amendments relate to the performance criteria and the requirement for the preparation of an ‘Urban Context Report’ and a design response.

    In the Commercial Zone (Height Area 8 on the map below) it is proposed that the maximum height limit be 18 m.

    In the Urban Mixed Use Zone (Height Area 9 on the map below) it is proposed that the maximum height limit be 15 m.

    In the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 (Height Area 6 on the map below) it is proposed to introduce an absolute maximum height of 21 m for Wapping and 18 m for the rest of Sullivans Cove.
    Maximum heights in the Macquarie Point Site Development Plan area are yet to be determined as the Master Plan is currently under review.