Administrative Use

The use of any land, building or other structure for the purpose of a Court, House of Assembly, Territory Administration Centre, City Hall, Information Centre or other civic administration activities.

Administrative and Utility Services

Any of the following uses:

  1. Administrative Use
  2. Community Protection Facility
  3. Defence Installation
  4. Public Utility

as herein defined.

Advanced Technology Park

An industrial park containing uses primarily involved in the research, development, manufacture, processing, assembly and marketing of advanced technology and scientific products including allied goods and services and supporting processes.

Agriculture

The use of land for the cultivation of any plants, fruit, vegetable or flower (including berries or vines) or keeping, breeding and raising of livestock or any other living thing for commercial production but excludes any cultivation or animal husbandry carried out mainly for the enjoyment of, or consumption by, the owner(s) or occupier(s) of the land or any other purpose defined.

Animal Care Facility

A building or place used for the purpose of caring, boarding, breeding or raising predominantly domestic or household animals and may include an animal boarding establishment, kennel or veterinary hospital as defined.

Aquatic Recreation Facility

A building or place used for a sporting, exercise, pastime or leisure activity, whether operated for gain or not which includes uses based on or adjacent to a water feature, such as a boat shed, boat landing facility, wharf, swimming facility and the like.

Bank

Any premises used or intended for use for the purpose of carrying on the business of taking custody of money and includes a private trading or saving bank, but does not include a Cooperative Society as herein defined.

Bar

Any premises or part of a premises primarily used or intended for use for the sale of alcoholic beverages and spirits to members of the public for consumption on the premises, subject to the issue of an on-licence pursuant to the relevant legislation.

Botanic Garden

A reserve established and managed as a botanic garden in accordance with the provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975.

Café

Any premises used or intended for use for the preparation and sale to the public of food and non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises or elsewhere and includes take-away food, fast food and snack bars and the like.

Car Park

A structure or an area other than part of a road which is allocated for the parking of motor vehicles.

Caravan Park/Camping Ground

Land used for the placement of caravans or tents for the purpose of temporary accommodation and includes cabins for overnight and holiday accommodation, amenity buildings, recreational and entertainment facilities, manager’s office and residence, and shops which cater for the occupants of the caravan park/camping ground.

Casino

A building or place used by the public for the purposes of entertainment and gambling in accordance with the provision of any laws proclaimed in relation thereto.

Child Care Centre

A building or place, without provision for residential care, used for the purpose of supervising or caring for children of any age throughout a specified period of time in any one day which:

  1. caters for two or more children not related to the owner or operator of the child care centre
  2. may or may not include an educational function but not where this is a principle purpose
  3. may or may not operate for the purpose of gain.

Church Associated Building

A building used for the activities by religious organisations other than for religious worship or for offices and may include the residential use by a minister of religion.

Church Use

The use of land for religious activities of religious organisations, groups and members of the public including places of worship and church-associated buildings.

Club

A meeting place for persons associated, or for a body incorporated, for a social, sporting, athletic, literary, political or other like purpose, and includes premises in respect of which a club licence is held in accordance with the provisions of the relevant liquor licensing regulations.

Commercial Accommodation

A building or place used for use for the purpose of providing temporary accommodation and includes a hotel, motel, guest house, caravan park/camping ground, serviced apartment, serviced house and the like.

Commercial Roadside Sign

A sign, other than real estate temporary directional signs, erected within road reservations to advertise goods and services or nearby commercial events, such as auctions or sales, and includes placards, sandwich boards, posters and the like.

Communications Facility

A facility for the purpose of transmitting air-borne signals using radio masts, towers, satellite disks and the like, includes telecommunication facilities and television/radio broadcasting facilities.

Community Facility

Any of the following uses as herein defined:

  1. Educational Establishment
  2. Scientific Research Establishment
  3. Cultural Facility
  4. Hospital, Health Centre
  5. Institutional Use
  6. Church Use
  7. Social/Community Facility.

Community Protection Facility

Any premises used or intended for use for the purpose of providing emergency services and protection for the community including such uses as a fire station, ambulance station, police station or civil defence depot, but does not include a corrections facility as defined.

Consulting Rooms

A building or place used for the provision of health care services (including dental, optical and veterinary services) to members of the public.

Cooperative Society

A building society or a credit union formed pursuant to the provisions of the relevant ACT legislation.

Corrections Facility

A building or place used for the safe confinement or safe custody of persons so confined as the result of legal process and includes attendance centres established for persons sentenced to serve periods of community service.

Cultural Facility

A building or place used or intended for use for the purpose of cultural activities and may include a library, museum, theatre, concert hall, art gallery other than a gallery operated for the principal purpose of selling or trading in art works.

Defence Installation

A building or place operated by the Department of Defence or the armed forces of Australia and includes Department of Defence offices, offices associated with national security and defence communication facilities, but does not include facilities associated with military aviation.

Diplomatic Mission

Any building, parts of buildings and the land ancillary thereto leased specifically for use for the purpose of an embassy, a high commission, a legation, or a consulate. This includes chanceries or diplomatic mission, and combined chanceries and residences.

Dwelling

A room or suite of rooms occupied or used or so constructed or adapted as to be capable of being occupied or used as a separate domicile and includes outbuildings, if any, that are normal to the enjoyment and exclusive use of the dwelling.

Educational Establishment

A building or place used for the purpose of tuition or training, whether or not for the purposes of gain, and includes:

  • a school
  • a tertiary institution, being a university, a college or advanced education teachers college, technical college or other specialist college providing formal education beyond secondary education
  • or any other training or education centre including road safety education centres, adult education centres for continuing education, or sheltered workshops; and may include associated residential accommodation.

Extractive Industry

A building or place used in the course of an industry or undertaking for the mining or extraction of sand, gravel, turf, soil, rock, stone or similar substances and including, when carried out on land from which any such substance is extracted on land adjacent thereto, the treatment of any such substance and the manufacture of products from any such substance; the term does not include Agriculture as herein defined.

Forestry

Land used for arboriculture, silviculture, forest protection, cutting, dressing and preparation other than in a sawmill or planing mill of wood and other forest products and the establishment of roading required, for the removal of wood and forest products and for forest production.

General Farming

A form of agriculture utilising traditional methods of farming practice including open grazing of animals on pasture or plant cultivation in open fields or gardens.

Hazardous Industry

An industry which by reason of the process involved, or the method of manufacture or the materials used or produced represents a significant source of hazard to human health or life or property, for any reason, and includes any building or place in which hazardous goods or materials are stored and handled.

Health Centre

A building or place used for the medical care (including diagnosis, preventative care and counselling) of out-patients only and may include medical or dental clinics, family planning clinics, first aid station or other professional or paramedical health care services.

Home Business

The use of residential land for carrying on a profession, trade, occupation or calling on the land.

Hospital

A building or place used for the medical care (including diagnosis, preventative care and counselling) of in-patients whether or not out-patients are also provided with care or treatment, and may include associated residential accommodation.

Hotel

A building or place in possession of a general licence in accordance with the provisions of the relevant liquor licencing laws, which provides accommodation for visitors and others.

Indoor Recreation Facility

A recreation facility devoted to facilities and equipment for indoor recreation purposes, including squash courts, indoor sports stadium, fitness centre, gymnasium and the like.

Industry

The use of land for the principal purpose of manufacturing, assembling, altering, repairing, renovating, ornamenting, finishing, cleaning, washing, winning of minerals, dismantling, processing, or adapting of any goods or any articles.

Institutional Use

The use of land as a benevolent home, convalescent home, hospital, nursing home, aged persons home, home for persons who are physically or mentally handicapped, or a remand, penal or reformative establishment.

Intensive Farming

Any form of agriculture which predominantly and usually takes place within the confines of a building or buildings, such as are commonly known as feedlots, piggeries, or poultry farming establishments, trout farms or greenhouses.

Landscape Buffer

The treatment of land for the specific purpose of:

  1. enhancing or protecting the amenity of neighbouring land
  2. meeting engineering or environmental standards by
  3. screen planting or shelter belt planting
  4. acoustic treatment including mounds etc.
  5. amenity landscaping
  6. other landscaping required to supplement adjoining areas.

Light Industry

Any industry in which the processes carried on, the transportation involved or the machinery or materials used do not interfere with the amenity of the locality by reason of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, vapour, steam, soot, ash, dust, waster water, waste products, grit, oil or otherwise.

Mobile Home Park

The use of land to accommodate mobile homes or caravans, whether temporary or permanent, and includes amenity buildings used for the personal comfort or convenience of or enjoyment of leisure by persons using a mobile home or caravan for residential accommodation in the Mobile Home Park, and may include a Caravan Park/Camping Ground.

Motel

A building or buildings used primarily for the temporary accommodation of persons travelling by motor vehicle where common facilities including meals are provided for persons accommodated in the motel or the public generally, and whether or not these facilities are licensed.

National Association Office

Any premises used by the headquarters of an establishment, organisation or association instituted on a national basis for the promotion of some political, professional, commercial, religious, charitable, educational, social welfare or philanthropic object.

National Capital Use

The use of any land, building or structure for the purpose of a work of special status and national interest. This includes the National Library, the National Gallery, the High Court, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the Prime Minister’s Residence, the Governor-General’s Residence, the Australian National University, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Commonwealth Offices needing prestigious locations, national memorials, National Association Offices as herein defined, a hospitality house or a Commonwealth Government conference centre and the like.

National Use

Any of the following uses as herein defined:

  1. Diplomatic Mission
  2. Parliamentary Use
  3. National Capital Use.

Nature Conservation Area

An area declared or intended to be declared under relevant ACT legislation to be a Reserve area and may include a Wilderness Area as herein defined.

Offensive Industry

An industry which, by reason of the process involved or the method of manufacture or the nature of the materials or goods used, produced or stored, is required to be isolated from other buildings, when all measures to reduce or minimise impact have been employed.

Office

Any premises used for the purpose of administration (including commercial and public administration), and clerical, technical, professional or like business activities.

Open Space

Land intended for use primarily for public recreation, conservation or amenity purposes and which may include facilities for the enjoyment or convenience of the public.

Outdoor Education Establishment

Land used or intended for use as an education centre for children or adults where the primary focus is on the natural and/or cultural resources of the area. It may include a residence where this is necessary for the protection or management of the primary facility.

Outdoor Recreation Facility

The outdoor use of land for recreation, exercise or leisure including sportsgrounds, riding schools, stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses, equestrian centres, motor racing, and similar activities. The term includes the activities of sporting clubs such as rifle clubs, and group or organised camping activities of schools, churches, scouts, guides, YMCA, Outward Bound and the like.

Overnight Camping

Land which is open to the public for holiday and recreational use of tents for overnight accommodation; the term includes any land together with any amenity building erected thereon which is used or intended for use in conjunction with such land.

Park

Land open to the public which:

  1. has been or is intended to be ornamentally laid out or prepared
  2. is maintained so as to preserve or enhance its natural beauty including its flora and fauna and geological or physiographic features
  3. has been or is intended to be prepared or maintained as a grassed area either with or without trees or shrubs

and which is intended for use for open-air recreation; the term includes any facilities provided on such land for the enjoyment or convenience of the public, being:

  1. kiosks or amphitheatres for band-stands or light refreshment booths
  2. picnicking areas, public lookouts, routes for nature study or other trails, footways, cycle ways, equestrian trails
  3. information and display areas for the promotion of such land
  4. shelters and other conveniences
  5. playgrounds
  6. associated car parks
  7. cycle way

but does not include any activity associated with a Recreation Facility or playing field other than the occasional taking part in a game, sport or form of athletics on an informal basis.

Parliamentary Use

Any use directly associated with the function of Parliament, including the Parliament House.

Public Transport Facility

The use of land for the assembly, transport or dispersal of passengers travelling by any form of public transport, whether or not such public transport is provided by a public or private agency, and include facilities for the manoeuvring and temporary layover of public transport vehicles and driver amenities.

Pathway Corridor

Any public land used for the primary purpose of providing for the movement of pedestrians and cyclists.

Personal Service Establishment

Any premises used or intended for use for the purposes of barbering, skin care, non-professional health and/or body care, photography, and like activities, but does not include any premises used or intended for use for a purpose elsewhere herein specifically defined.

Place of Assembly

A building or place used for the following entertainment purposes.

  1. a trade fair or exhibition
  2. an auditorium or convention centre
  3. reception rooms, including any premises not being part of a hotel, managed by a proprietor, and available for the use of parties on formal or ceremonious occasions, but not for unhosted use on general occasions for entertainment purposes.

Place of worship

A building or place used or intended for use for the primary purposes of religious worship and associated activities by a congregation, religious group or members of the public whether or not the premises are also used for religious instruction, tuition or training and may include use for other community activities.

Public Utility

The use of land for the following utility undertakings:

  1. headwork and network undertakings for the provision of sewerage and drainage services or the reticulation of water, electricity, or gas except for gas manufacture and storage
  2. communication facilities, including postal facilities, telecommunication facilities, television/radio broadcasting facilities, and air navigation communication facilities
  3. municipal uses, including street cleaning depots, public toilets, parks and gardens depots, works depots and associated uses.

Quarry

Land used or intended for use for the purpose of extractive industry as herein defined.

Recreation

Land used or intended for use for the public appreciation and use of the natural and cultural environment, scenic and special features where the provision of facilities is minimal.

The term includes any facilities provided on such land for the enjoyment or convenience of the public, being:

  1. kiosks or light refreshments booths
  2. picnicking areas, public lookouts, routes for nature study or other trails, footways, cycle ways, equestrians trails
  3. information and display areas for the promotion of such land
  4. shelters and other conveniences.

Reserve

Land declared as a Reserve under Section 51 of the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980, the ACT Public Parks Act 1928, or other relevant ACT legislation for special purpose reserves.

Residential

The use of land for the primary purpose of providing shelter for human habitation together with such outbuildings as are incidental to and ordinarily associated with the residential use of the land.

Restaurant

A building or place used for the primary purpose of providing food for consumption on the premises whether or not the premises are licensed to sell liquor and whether or not entertainment is provided. The use includes tea rooms, cafés, bistros and the like.

Restricted Access Open Space

Land used for recreation, exercise or leisure activity, whether operated for gain or not and where public access to the facility may be restricted to certain times.

Retail

The selling of goods and providing personal services in any quantity and by any means other than by wholesale and includes retail shops, restaurants, drink establishments, drive-in facilities, bulky retailing, bulk landscape supplies, vehicle sales, service stations, retail plant nurseries and produce markets.

Retail Plant Nursery

A building or place used for the propagation and sale to members of the public of plants, shrubs, trees and garden supplies but does not include the bulk sale of sand, soil, screenings and other such garden materials.

Road

Any way or street, whether in existence or under reserve, open to the public which is provided and maintained for the passage of vehicles, persons and animals and which may include footpaths, community paths, bus lay-bys, turning areas or traffic controls.

Scientific Research Establishment

A building or place used for the purposes of scientific research including the development of electronic technology, biotechnology or other scientific disciplines for application to commerce, industry, or government and which may include scientific laboratories, meteorological uses, observatories and facilities operated by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation or private organisations.

Serviced Apartments

Establishments with five or more units which mostly comprise self-contained units at the same location, and which are available on a unit/apartment basis to the general public for a minimum of one night. The units should have full cooking facilities (i.e. hot plates and oven/microwave), refrigerator and bath/shower and toilet facilities; all bed linen and towels should be provided, and daily servicing (i.e. cleaning and bed making) must be available through the on-site management, although this service may not necessarily be used.

Single Dwelling Housing

Any area of residential land used for the purpose of a single dwelling only.

Social/Community Facility

A building or place used by a public authority or a body of persons associated for the purpose of providing for the social welfare of the community which may include:

  1. meeting rooms, neighbourhood centres, recreation, child minding (including care and ancillary education), cultural activities, social functions and the like
  2. a community club being a building or place used by persons sharing like interests, but not including a licensed club

whether or not that building or place is used for another purpose including associated administration.

Special Development

Land set aside to be used for commercial and community/recreation/tourist activities directly related to the use of the river.

Tourist Centre

A location identified for Tourist Facilities.

Tourist Facility

The use of land for the purpose of providing entertainment, recreation, cultural or similar facilities for use mainly by the general touring or holidaying public. This may include a restaurant, café, bar, service station, tourist accommodation (including motel) and the retail sale of crafts, souvenirs, antiques and the like.

Transport Facility

The use of land or a building for or associated with the movement of goods and people by road, rail and air.

Waterfront Promenade

An accessible public space bordering the lake, intended primarily for walking and cycling.

Wilderness Area

A spacious area of land containing features of the natural environment of particular significance which is substantially undisturbed by European settlement and which may be an area declared or intended to be declared under relevant ACT legislation to be a wilderness