Issuing of Interim Planning Directive No. 3 – Permits for Temporary Housing


The Minister for Planning, after considering the recommendations of the Tasmanian Planning Commission, has issued Interim Planning Directive No. 3 – Permits for Temporary Housing in accordance with former section 12A(2)(a) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. The interim planning directive came into effect on 4 September 2019 for a period of 12 months.
The interim planning directive provides local councils with the ability to issue a planning permit for temporary housing under specific circumstances for up to 12 months.


Specifically, the interim planning directive provides a:

  • Permitted pathway for the use of an existing building, and any necessary minor development, for temporary housing in certain zones.
  • Permitted pathway for installing buildings (such as converted shipping containers) for temporary housing on the same site, or a site adjoining, an existing social housing facility in certain zones.
  • Discretionary pathway for the use and development of an existing building, or the installation of buildings, for temporary housing that is beyond the Permitted pathway options.

Download the interim planning directive and the associated fact sheet: