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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. These therefore need to be read in conjunction with the other provisions of the City’s local planning schemes. The latest version of the Regulations can be accessed from the State Government’s Parliamentary Council website.

 

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 should be read in conjunction with the Deemed Provisions included with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) that automatically apply to every local planning scheme within Western Australia. The latest version of the Regulations can be accessed from the State Government’s Parliamentary Council website.

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 City Planning Scheme 2 and have generally beenprepared 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 Deemed Provisions included within the Regulations (refer to the link to the latest versions of the Regulations above).

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. Refer to the link to the latest version of the Regulations above for details. 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 City and the State Government. Amendments which are out for public comment, awaiting finalisation and which have been finalised are outlined below.

Out for public comment

There is currently nothing out for public comment. 

Awaiting finalisation 

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.

A copy of the Council Minutes (29 September – item 13.1) including supporting attachments and the scheme amendment report is provided below.

The public comment period for the Amendment No. 41 has now closed. Submissions received will be reviewed. The  scheme amendment will be considered by Council for final adoption before being referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission so that a final decision can be made on Amendment No. 41 by the Minister for Planning.

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Siobhan Linehan, City Planning, on 9461 3241 or Siobhan.Linehan@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Amendment No. 46 to City Planning Scheme No. 2 and Amendment No. 4 to Local Planning Scheme No. 26

The proposed amendments are to integrate DevelopmentWA’s statutory planning framework over redevelopment areas back into the City of Perth’s statutory planning framework and the City’s planning control. This process is called normalisation. DevelopmentWA has identified 16 precincts within redevelopment areas to be normalised in two stages, between 2020 and 2023.

A copy of the Council Minutes (29 September – Item 13.2), scheme amendment report, supporting attachments, a summary of the proposed planning changes and the submission form is provided below.

The public comment period for the scheme amendments has now closed. Submissions received will be reviewed and the scheme amendments will be considered by Council for final adoption before being referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission. A final decision will be made on the scheme amendments by the Minister for Planning.

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendments please contact Roberta Circosta, City Planning, on 9461 3836 or Roberta.Circosta@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.
  

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. 

For further information, please see: