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Planning schemes

The City of Perth’s Local Planning Schemes are intended to control and guide land use and development within the City. They include provisions relating to a range of matters such as the use of land, the intensity and design of development, as well as the preservation and conservation of places and areas.

 

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) include a set of deemed provisions that automatically apply to every local planning scheme within Western Australia, including the City’s local planning schemes. The latest version of the Regulations can be accessed from the State Government’s Parliamentary Council website. The Regulations shall be read in conjunction with the City’s local planning schemes to guide land use and development within the City.

 

The following local planning schemes are currently applicable within the City of Perth. These include:

  • City Planning Scheme No. 2 — this is the City's primary local planning scheme and covers the whole of the city with the exception of parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands to the City of Perth on 1 July 2016.
  • Minor Town Planning Schemes – these generally apply to individual development sites with the exception of Local Planning Scheme No. 26. LPS No. 26 applies to the the Normalised Redevelopment Area, which includes areas such as Claisebrook Village and New Northbridge, which have been transferred back to the City by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
  • City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 — this applies to the parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City on 1 July 2016.
  • City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2 — this applies to the part of Nedlands which was transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City on 1 July 2016.

City Planning Scheme No. 2

City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS 2) is the City of Perth’s primary local planning scheme and applies to the whole of the city with the exception of parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands to the City on the 1 July 2016. CPS 2 shall be read in conjunction with the Regulations.

CPS 2 consists of the Scheme Text, Deemed Provisions, Supplemental Provisions, Scheme Map, Plot Ratio Plan, Building Heights Plan, and a number of plans relating to bonus plot ratio.

CPS 2 provides for the creation of Precinct Plans and Planning Policies, which support and further guide decision making.

A number of Minor Town/Local Planning Schemes also apply to individual development sites across the city. These are complementary to CPS 2.

Disclaimer: This version of the City of Perth Planning Scheme No. 2 is not an official copy of the Scheme. While this and related scheme documents have been prepared in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, neither the City of Perth, its elected members or its employees are liable for any damage or loss which may occur as a result of:

  • any action taken or not taken (as the case may be) in reliance upon this document; or
  • any statement, error or omission in this document.

Professional advice should be obtained before applying or relying upon this document in any particular circumstance.

Minor Town Planning Schemes

A number of Minor Town Planning Schemes apply to individual development sites across the city. These schemes complement and apply in addition to CPS 2 and have generally been prepared to enable the subdivision of larger lots, while ensuring a coordinated development.

Local Planning Scheme No. 26 is significant in that it includes planning provisions for the Normalised Redevelopment Areas, that is, the areas transferred back to the City of Perth from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.  It currently includes provisions for the Claisebrook Village and New Northbridge Project Areas.

The following Minor Town/Local Planning Schemes apply within the city:

City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2

City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2 (TPS 2) applies to the part of Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Nedlands to the City of Perth on the 1 July 2016.

For the purposes of application within the City of Perth, any references to the City of Nedlands within TPS 2 is taken to be a reference to the City of Perth.

It should be noted that the version of TPS 2 applicable within the City of Perth is that version which was applicable as at the 1 July 2016. Any amendments made to TPS 2 by the City of Nedlands post 1 July 2016 do not apply within the City of Perth.

TPS 2 should be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions included within the Regulations (refer to the link to the latest versions of the Regulations above).

TPS 2 consists of the Scheme Text, Scheme Map and the Deemed Provisions.

TPS 2 provides for the creation of Planning Policies and Planning Registers and Lists to further guide decision making.

 

City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4

City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 (TPS 4) applies to the parts of Crawley and Nedlands which were transferred from the City of Subiaco to the City of Perth on the 1 July 2016.

For the purposes of application within the City of Perth, any references to the City of Subiaco within TPS 4 is taken to be a reference to the City of Perth.

It should be noted that the version of TPS 4 applicable within the City of Perth is that version which was applicable as at the 1 July 2016. Any amendments made to TPS 4 by the City of Subiaco post 1 July 2016 do not apply within the City of Perth.

TPS 4 should be read in conjunction with the Regulations.

TPS 4 consists of the Scheme Text, Scheme Map and the Deemed Provisions.

TPS 4 provides for the creation of Precinct Plans, Planning Policies and Planning Registers and Lists, which support and further guide decision making.

Planning Scheme Amendments

The City of Perth may resolve to amend its local planning scheme to bring it into line with:

  • Strategic objectives
  • The needs of the community
  • State Government legislation and policies.


Amendments may also be made to clarify and simplify planning provisions and provide for flexibility where appropriate.

The process for amending a local planning scheme is set out in State Government’s Planning and Development Act 2005 and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 and varies according to the nature of the amendment and whether it is classified as basic, standard or complex. Both standard and complex amendments are required to be advertised for community feedback and all amendments are ultimately required to be approved by both the local and State Government.

Council Policy 3.5 - Initiation of Local Planning Scheme Amendments is a Council Policy that guides all scheme amendments, ahead of a new Local Planning Scheme.

The Policy will apply for Scheme Amendment requests while Local Planning Scheme No.3 is being finalised. The City will review the effectiveness of the Policy in February 2025. The City requests all applicants consider whether proposal meet the provisions of the Policy prior to approaching the City to request initiation of an Amendment. The City welcomes and encourages early engagement to provide preliminary advice and progress proposals.

Amendments which are out for public comment, awaiting finalisation and which have been finalised are outlined below.

Amendment No. 51 to City Planning Scheme No. 2

The amendment introduces ‘Healthcare 2’ as an additional land use group that can be considered for approval over the southern half of 99 (Lot 10) Adelaide Terrace, 10 and 40 (Lots 11 and 12) Terrace Road, East Perth.

The amendment was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 27 February 2024 and has been forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning's approval before final gazettal into the City of Perth CPS 2.

A copy of the Ordinary Council Meeting minutes, agenda, and scheme amendment report are available for view on the City’s website.

Amendment No. 50 to City Planning Scheme No. 2

The amendment will establish a Special Control Area (SCA) over Lot 2 (618), Lot 3 (612-616) Hay Street Mall, Lot 4 (69-75), Lot 5 (77-85), Lot 6 (87-93), and Lot 7 (95-99) Barrack Street, Perth. The SCA will allow the site to be treated as one for the purposes of calculating and allocating plot ratio and tenant car parking and introduces site specific provisions to guide the redevelopment of the SCA.

The amendment was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 27 February 2024 and has been forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning's approval before final gazettal into the City of Perth CPS 2.

A copy of the Ordinary Council Meeting minutes, agenda, and scheme amendment report are available for view on the City’s website.

Amendment No 48 to City Planning Scheme No. 2 – To Modify Existing Special Control Area Over No. 32 (Lot 52) Troode Street and 196 (Lot 200) Colin Place, West Perth

Amendment No. 48 to City Planning Scheme No.2 (CPS 2) proposes to increase the maximum plot ratio for the existing Special Control Area over 32 Troode Street and 196 Colin Place, West Perth.

On 28 February 2023, Council approved Amendment No. 48 for Final Adoption, which proposed a standard maximum plot ratio of 3:1 for all land uses. The amendment was forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for Minister’s approval before gazettal into CPS 2.

The Minister has directed the City to modify the amendment to increase the maximum plot ratio to 5:1 for ‘Residential’ and ‘Special Residential’ land uses and 3:1 for all other land uses that can be considered under CPS 2. The City now seeks feedback on the proposed modification.

The submission period for the proposed amendment concluded on 16 April 2024.

Documents outlining the details of the Scheme Amendment and the submission form can be accessed at Engage Perth.

Amendment No. 47 to City Planning Scheme No. 2 and Amendment No. 5 to Local Planning Scheme No. 26

The Amendments propose to create a Special Control Area to protect an emergency helicopter flight path for the Royal Perth Hospital.

The Consultation period concluded on 26 May 2023 and the amendment was approved by Council on the 29th of August 2023. The amendment has been forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning’s approval before gazettal into the City of Perth’s Local Planning Schemes.

A copy of the Ordinary Council Meeting minutes, agenda, and scheme amendment report are available for view on the City’s website.

For further information, please visit - Engage Perth

Amendment No. 41 - Proposed Northbridge Special Entertainment Precinct

Amendment No. 41 is intended to establish Northbridge as the State’s first Special Entertainment Precinct. The key elements of Amendment No. 41 include:

  • Defining a Core and Frame Entertainment Area;
  • Identifying maximum noise levels for entertainment venues for attenuation purposes; and
  • Setting noise attenuation requirements for new noise sensitive development and new entertainment venues.

The community consultation period for the Amendment No. 41 closed on 26 February 2021. At its meeting held on 13 December 2022, Council resolved to approve Amendment No. 41 to City Planning Scheme No.2, subject to modifications to respond to submissions received.
 
The modifications to the scheme amendment are summarised below:

  • Amending the maximum noise levels for existing entertainment venues in the core area to 95dB;
  • Creation of a new register that captures the existing venues;
  • Change of the boundary of the Core area to include the eastern portion of the Court Hotel and the property known as the Perth Mess Hall; and
  • Inclusion of Build-to-Rent within the definition of the Special Residential land use and inclusion of a corresponding maximum internal music noise level of 50dB for the bedrooms.

The amendment has been forwarded to the Western Australian Planning Commission for the Minister for Planning’s approval before gazettal into the City of Perth CPS 2.

A copy of the Ordinary Council Meeting  minutes, agenda, and scheme amendment report are available for view on the City’s website.

 

Recently finalised 

A complete list of finalised amendments can be found here.

Review of Local Planning Schemes

The City of Perth has reviewed it local planning schemes in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (Regulations) and forwarded the associated report to the Western Australian Planning Commission who has advised that it agrees with the City’s recommendations. These include that the upon finalisation of the City Planning Strategy, a new Local Planning Scheme be prepared to replace the existing local planning schemes. 

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