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.

 

CPS2 DOCUMENTS

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:

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. This flowchart shows further 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

Currently none.

Awaiting finalisation

Amendment No. 3 to Local Planning Scheme No. 26 and revised East Perth – Area 20 South Cove Design Guidelines – 75 (Lot 70) Haig Park Circle, East Perth

The scheme amendment and modifications to local planning policy East Perth – South Cove Area 20 Design Guidelines propose to introduce specific development standards for the land situated at 75 (Lot 70) Haig Park Circle, East Perth.

On 18 December 2018, the Council adopted the scheme amendment and design guidelines without modification.  They have now been referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission so that a final decision can be made on the scheme amendment by the Minister for Planning. 

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Kathy Lees, Senior Urban Planner – Policy on 9461 33482 or Kathy.lees@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

Recently finalised

Amendment No. 40 – 28 and 32 Troode Street and 196 Colin Place, West Perth

This Amendment proposes to introduce a Special Control Area over 28 and 32 Troode Street and 196 Colin Place, West Perth. This will allow for the land to be treated as one site for the purposes of allocating plot ratio floor area and for Lots 52 and 200 to be treated as one site for the purposes of calculating commercial tenant car parking.

The submission period for the proposed amendment concluded on 21 March 2018. The amendment was adopted by Council at its 24 April 2018 meeting and has now been forwarded to the State Government for final approval.

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Jasmine Hancock, Urban Planner – Policy on 9461 3292 or jasmine.hancock@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

Amendment No. 39 – 553 and 565 – 579A Hay Street, 38A St Georges Terrace and 28 Barrack Street, Perth (Cathedral Precinct) Special Control Area

The Amendment proposes to introduce a Special Control area over the land situated at 553 and 565-579A Hay Street, 38A St Georges Terrace and 28 Barrack Street, Perth to facilitate the sharing of existing car parking bays within the SCA amongst tenants and their guests. The sharing of car parking bays is intended to occur at the discretion of tenants within the SCA through a private agreement.

The submission period for the proposed amendment concluded on 25 January 2018.The amendment was adopted by Council at its 24 April 2018 meeting and has now been forwarded to the State Government for final approval.

Should you have any queries regarding the proposed amendment please contact Jasmine Hancock, Urban Planner – Policy on 9461 3292 or jasmine.hancock@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

Amendment No. 36 — 251 (lot 11), 255 (lot 412) and 267 (lot 10) St Georges Tce Special Control Area

Amendment No. 36 to the CPS2 was published in the Government Gazette on 16 May 2017.

The Amendment introduced a Special Control Area over Lots 10, 11 and 412 St Georges Terrace, Perth. This will enable any future development on the subject site to distribute the allowable plot ratio and carparking provisions across the lots as required.

Amendment No. 37 — FESA Site Special Control Area

Amendment No. 37 to the CPS2 was published in the Government Gazette on 16 May 2017.

The Amendment introduced a Special Control Area over 480 (Lots 23 and 350) Hay Street and 15-17 (Lot 500) Murray Street, Perth. This will enable any future development on the subject site to distribute the allowable plot ratio and car parking provisions across the lots as required.

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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