Architects, property developers and property owners often ask me a variety of questions, including how the planning scheme affects the design of green roofs, what local government planners value in green roofs, which councils welcome green roofs, how the Civil and Administrative Tribunal views green roofs and what it values in them.

The answers to these questions matter when it comes to managing and maintaining green roofs, too; they’re not just relevant during the design phase. Do the planning scheme and planning permission process affect the maintenance of green roofs? Do they foster good management of green roof assets? How do they…