Building height in inner parts of the City of Melbourne will be limited whilst mandatory setbacks and building separation will apply under new planning rules now in force as the state government moves to address growing levels of concern about overshadowing and excessive levels of density within the city’s centre.

Having now come into effect, the permanent Amendment C270 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme places general limitations on building height with the Melbourne CBD and surrounding area according to an 18:1 floor area ratio. This means that for every 1,000 square meters of land on which the building sits, its…