Natural Ground Levels

Natural Ground Levels

A number of development standards in the Town’s local planning framework utilise natural ground level for a method for calculating the height of buildings and other structures for assessment. 

When assessing development applications, the Town uses the contour levels shown in Local Planning Policy 3.24 – Determining Natural Ground Levels, a copy of which can be viewed here: Town’s Local Planning Policy 3.24(PDF, 35MB).

These are the contour levels determined to be the natural ground level of the site as opposed to an artificially modified state which may have occurred over time before a proposed development.

These contour levels are to be shown on the site plan and all elevations. 

The contours from Local Planning Policy 3.24 are also available on Intramaps ( ).  Once Intramaps has been opened the contours can be found by selecting the Planning module.  Then in the Layers section at the bottom of the screen tick ‘Contours (scanned)’, and untick MRS Zones & Reserves, and ‘TPS Zones & Reserves’.

If you have any queries please contact the Town’s Statutory Planning department on 9347 6000 or via