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.

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 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 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

TRANSFERRED TPS DOCUMENTS

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:

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.

Disclaimer

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. 

For further information, please see: