Planning policies and precinct plans

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.

There following local planning schemes currently applicable within the City of Perth:

  • City Planning Scheme No. 2
  • Minor Town Planning Schemes– these generally apply to individual development sites with the exception of Local Planning Scheme No. 26 that applies to the Normalised Redevelopment Area which have been transferred back to the City by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
  • City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4
  • City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No. 2

Planning Policies

Planning Policies provide guidance on area or subject specific land use and development matters. Planning Policies supplement Minor Town Planning Schemes.

The City Planning Scheme No. 2 has a number of policies underneath it that provide guidance for:

  • Residential Development
  • Commercial Development
  • Parking and Access
  • Heritage Conservation 
  • Specialised Areas
  • Planning Strategies
  • Non-conforming Uses
  • Transferred Plot Ratios

Policy Documentation

General Planning Policies

The documents below cover general planning requirements for residential development, commercial development, parking and access.

Specialised Policies

Policies in this section are more specialised, providing design guidelines and development policies for specific areas.

Project Area Policies

There are specific planning policies for Project Areas including Claisebrook Village and the New Northbridge Project Area.


Normalised Redevelopment Area Design Guidelines

These design guidelines for Normalised Redevelopment Areas supplement provisions of the CPS2 scheme. Guidelines describe the character sought for each area and the design elements required to achieve this design and form.

Precinct Plans

Precinct Plans define the vision and development intent for areas of the city of Perth. Precinct Plans are one of the components that sit under the City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS2). Precinct Plans define the land use for the specific area, but should be read in reference to the CPS2, Planning Policies, Minor Town Planning Schemes and Design Guidelines. 


The city is divided into 18 precincts. Under the CPS2, each precinct has a Precinct Plan that outlines the development intent and vision for the precinct. The 18 precincts are split between three zones:

  • City Centre (Precincts 1 - 8)
  • City Fringe (Precincts 9 - 15)
  • Subiaco (Precincts 16 - 18*)

*Precincts formerly under City of Subiaco zoning, governed by Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4.