Min balcony area & depth compliance with Dynamo

When designing apartments, often it is necessary to know the area and dimensions of balconies for planning compliance. However, to make things difficult, these requirements are often based on the apartment’s dwelling type and/or location. This tutorial demonstrates how to automate the compliance process, such as that required by SEPP65 and the Apartment Design Guide, by verifying the minimum balcony area and depth.


Understanding the area and dimensions of an apartment balcony is often required for compliance testing. For example, section 4E of the NSW Apartment Design Guide requires that minimum areas and depths be achieved for private open areas based on the dwelling type:

Dwelling type Minimum area Minimum depth
Studio apartments 4m2
1 bedroom apartments 8m2 2m
2 bedroom apartments 10m2 2m
3+ bedroom apartments 12m2 2.4m
Private open space requirements, NSW Apartment Design Guide

Additionally, there are requirements relating to the minimum…

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