POLICY AND PLANNING

Urban and regional planning systems are integral to achieving environmental outcomes in Western Australia. This policy and planning webpage provides an overview of the main legislative and policy systems which are in place at the federal, state and local level that dictate and guide land use planning and development. Below is a high-level overview of the Western Australian planning system which describes the key legislative and strategic planning documents. Also included are frequently asked questions and fact sheets that will hopefully explain and clarify many of the complex and confusing aspects of the State planning system. We hope that readers gather a sense of how land use planning is conducted throughout Western Australia and how it can be used to protect and conserve biodiversity whilst also promoting nature sensitive urban design.

Legislation

Strategic
Planning
Spatial
Planning
Statutory
Planning
Applications
State
P&D Act 2005
TP Regs 1967
DAP Act 2010
DAP Regs 2011
State Planning Strategy
State Planning Policies
DC Policies
Guidelines and Manuals
Planning Bulletins
Region
MRA Act 2011
State Planning Policies
DC Policies
Guidelines and Manuals
Planning Bulletins
Regional Planning and Infrastructure Frameworks (incl. Directions 2031)
Region Planning Schemes
Regional Interim Development Orders
Sub-region
Swan and Canning Rivers Act 2006
State Planning Policies
DC Policies
Guidelines and Manuals
Planning Bulletins
Sub-Regional Structure Plans
Local Government
Local Planning Strategies
Local Planning Policies

Local Planning Schemes
Local Interim Development Orders

Locality
State Agreement Acts
Local Structure Plans (incl. Activity Centre Plans)

Improvement Plans & Schemes
Planning Control Areas

Subdivision
Street/lot
Local Development Plans
Subdivision Development
Other
EP Act 1986
Heritage Act 1990
Contaminated Sites Act 2003
Mining Act 1978

Note: Certain planning instruments may in some cases fall within more than one column, eg. Local Structure Plans and Local Development Plans are spatial documents, but often have statutory weight.
Figure taken from Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, 2014. Introduction to the Western Australian Panning System: Appendix 1