Wyndham City is committed to helping transform our built environment by addressing Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) issues. Council uses the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) to ensure planning permit applicants address these ESD requirements.

If you are applying for a planning permit to construct a new building, you will need to provide information with your planning permit application across the following areas:

  • Energy
  • Water resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Stormwater management
  • Transport
  • Waste management
  • Urban ecology

If you are preparing a planning application, we encourage you to come in for a pre-application meeting or speak to Council's Sustainability Department on (03) 9742 0777 to discuss your application for advice on ESD matters.

Type of Development

Application Requirements

Example Tools


2 to 9 dwellings


Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) - a simple sustainability assessment of a proposed design at the planning stage.

10 or more dwellings

Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) - a detailed sustainability assessment of a proposed design at the planning stage


  • Development of a non-residential building with a gross floor area of 500 m² to 2,000 m²
  • Alterations and additions between 500 m²  and 2,000 m²

Sustainable Design Assessment

  • Development of a non-residential building with a gross floor area of more than 2,000 m² or more
  • Alterations and additions greater than 2,000 m²

Sustainable Management Plan
Green Travel Plan (GTP)

Does my application need to address SDAPP?

The flow diagram presented below will help you determine what SDAPP category your development application falls within and what the associated ESD reporting requirements are.

SDAPP Category Diagram

Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) for small scale development

A Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) is a document that sets out the sustainable design features of a proposed development.

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) can be used to undertake a Sustainable Design Assessment. Submit the BESS report with your planning application to satisfy the requirements.

It is important that all relevant initiatives are clearly annotated on architectural drawings.

Typically, it should not be necessary to engage a sustainability consultant to prepare a Sustainable Design Assessment.

Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) for large scale development

A Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) is more detail than an SDA. It sets out the sustainable design features of large developments as defined in the above table, and it provides more information about how the performance outcomes will be achieved (including implementation schedules).

A BESS report alone will not satisfy the requirements for a Sustainability Management Plan.

The nature of larger developments provides the opportunity for increased environmental benefits and major resource savings. Hence, greater rigour in investigation is justified.

Preparation of a Sustainability Management Plan will generally require the engagement of a sustainability consultant.

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