Just What Is A “Built-Up Area”?

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I get asked this question constantly. Here is the legal definition from the legislation:

built-up area

in relation to a length of road, means an area in which either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500 metres or, if the length of road is shorter than 500 metres, for the whole road —

  • buildings, not over 100m apart, on land next to the road; and

  • street lights not over 100m apart.

Be aware that the definition is determined by EITHER of the above conditions, not BOTH.

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