DECLG’s Design Standards for New Apartments Infographic

March 7, 2016 5:03 pm


The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government published updated apartment design guidelines, the Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments, on 21 December 2015.


The new Guidelines are the result of an updating of previous Departmental Guidelines published in 2007 and are intended to enhance consistency between local authorities as regards planning requirements, affordability of construction and living standards for residents.


The Guidelines specify planning policy requirements for apartments, including:


  • Internal space standards for different types of apartments, including studio apartments;
  • Dual aspect ratios;
  • Floor-to-ceiling height;
  • Apartments to stair/lift core ratios;
  • Storage spaces;
  • Amenity spaces including balconies/patios; and
  • Room dimensions for certain rooms.


Check out our infographic which summarises the key factors of the DECLG’s Design Standards for New Apartments Guidelines and represents them visually for handy reference.

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