Planning schemes


The City of Perth, along with all local governments, prepares local planning schemes to control and guide land use and development. Schemes outline processes to follow and define design standards to be followed during development. They also play an important role in preserving and conserving heritage areas.

Development within the City of Perth is guided by the City Planning Scheme No. 2 and a number of Minor Town Planning Schemes, Planning Policies and Precinct Plans.

Transferred land

On 1 July 2016, the City of Perth took over areas of transferred land from the City of Nedlands and the City of Subiaco. For historic reasons, planning that relates to these areas must be guided by the City of Nedlands Town Planning Scheme No 2 and City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4 as they stood on 1 July 2016. Copies of these scheme text and maps can be found below. 

Planning Schemes Checklist

  • Check City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS2) for general planning procedures, controls and guidelines
  • Check City of Subiaco TPS4 or City of Nedlands TPS2 for development of transferred land
  • Check Minor Town Planning Schemes for development of subdivided land and former MRA normalised redevelopment areas
  • Check Planning Policies for all design standards and guidelines
  • Check Precinct Plans for development of City of Perth Precincts

City Planning Scheme No. 2 (CPS2)

The CPS2 guides all planning and development within the City of Perth. The scheme includes:

Incusions Description
IncusionsScheme text DescriptionThe documents that outline land use, considerations and requirements
IncusionsScheme maps
DescriptionThe documents that define land area zoning and the authorities responsible 
IncusionsPlot ratio plans
DescriptionPlans that define permitted building density 
IncusionsBuilding height plans  DescriptionPlans that define permitted building height  
IncusionsDeemed provisions DescriptionConsiderations that apply additions and amendments to the CPS2 under the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations (2015) 
IncusionsSupplemental provisions DescriptionConsiderations that modify or qualify existing provisions

The CPS2 also guides the development of the City's:

  • Precinct plans
    The documents that define the land use and character requirements of each of the 15 local precincts.
  • Planning polices 
    The policies that set out design standards and guidelines for specific areas and development types.


Subiaco and Nedlands Town Planning Schemes

These schemes apply to parts of Nedlands, Crawley and Subiaco that were transferred from the City of Nedlands and City of Subiaco respectively, to the City of Perth on the 1 July 2016. Any amendments made by Nedlands or Subiaco to their Town Planning Schemes since 1 July 2016 do not apply to these transferred areas of land.


Minor Town Planning Schemes

There are currently eight Minor Town Planning Schemes that apply to individual development sites across the City. These have been prepared to enable the subdivision of larger lots, while ensuring coordinated development. These schemes complement and apply in addition to the CPS2.

Normalised Redevelopment Areas

Local Planning Scheme No. 26 applies specifically to Normalised Redevelopment Areas. These are areas that have been transferred back to the City of Perth from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). It currently includes provisions for the Claisebrook Village and New Northbridge Project Areas. 


Scheme amendments

From time to time, the City will propose changes to schemes to meet:

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

The City publishes all scheme amendments that are out for comment or awaiting finalisation.


This page and its related documents do not constitute 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.
  • Any statement, error or omission in this document.

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

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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