Urban design

Randwick City Council - Urban design

Randwick Council has initiated a number of innovative projects to help improve the quality of urban design across the City of Randwick:

Architecture and urban design awards

The Randwick City Architecture and Urban Design Awards, held every two years, are one of Randwick City's key urban design initiatives. 

The awards recognise excellence and inspire better building design by promoting community awareness and acknowledging the architects and designers involved in enhancing Randwick City's built environment.

To find out more information about the awards, including the People's Choice Award, visit our Architecture and Urban Design Awards page

Design Excellence Panel

Randwick City Council is taking the lead on high quality urban design by appointing a joint design excellence panel with Waverley Council, to review and promote the design quality of new residential flat buildings comprising three or more storeys and four or more dwellings.

Set up in line with State Government design initiatives under its State Policy SEPP 65, the joint review panel has been praised by the NSW Government for its efficiency, effective operation and the expertise of the panel.

Our panel has operated since March 2003 and has considered many development applications as well as masterplans, development control plans and draft Local Environmental Plans. With the benefit of the panel's expert advice, improvements to the design quality of these plans and proposals have been achieved. 


State Environmental Planning Policy No – 65 Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development (SEPP 65) aims to improve the design quality of residential flat development in New South Wales. It applies to residential flat buildings, shop top housing and mixed use developments of:

  • three or more storeys (not including parking and storage levels that protrude less than 1.2m above ground level); and
  • four or more self-contained dwelling units.The Apartment Design Guide explains how to apply SEPP 65's design principles to the design of new apartments. This guide is available from the NSW Planning and Environment website.

Development applications that are subject to SEPP 65 will need to be referred to the Design Review Panel.

Note: Changes to SEPP 65 were notified on the 19 June 2015. All Development applications lodged after the 19 June 2015 and determined after the 17 July 2015 will be subject to the new provisions.

Design Manual

A Design Manual PDF, 5021.27 KB to help and inspire the refurbishment of older blocks of flats is available.

Randwick City Council - Urban design

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