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 WA Planning System and Residential Design Codes

WA Planning System

The Western Australian Planning Commission has prepared a document providing an overview of the planning system in Western Australia. To view the document click here.


Residential Design Codes

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) is a State Planning Policy (3.1) of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) that applies to all residential development across Western Australia. 

R-Codes include a series of development requirements that apply to residential development (e.g. setbacks, car parking, visual privacy, overshadowing, etc). The development requirements contained in the R-Codes vary between the type and density of the proposal.

The objectives of the R-Codes are:

  • To provide residential development of an appropriate design for the intended residential purpose, density, context of place and scheme objectives.
  • To encourage design consideration of the social, environmental and economic opportunities possible from new housing and an appropriate response to local amenity and place.
  • To encourage design which considers and respects heritage and local culture.
  • To facilitate residential development which offers future residents the opportunities for better living choices and affordability.
Under the City's Local Planning Scheme No 15, density codings have been applied to residential areas. Applications for residential development are assessed using the provisions of Local Planning Scheme No 15, Local Planning Policies and the R-Codes.
The below 'Residential Development Fact Sheet' has been prepared to provide general advice to proponents intending to undertake residential development within the City.
To check the zoning of a property, please refer to City Maps.
To view the R-Codes on the Western Australian Planning Commission's website click here.

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