Planning and Building Information

Development Control

Information Sheets

Guide for Starters

Not sure where to start with all of these documents and information?  Then start here with our Guide to Town Planning at the City of South Perth.

What does Development Services do?

Development Services incorporates the Town Planning and Building responsibilities allocated to the City.

Planning Services
The City is responsible for the detailed control of land use and the design and siting of all buildings proposed to be constructed in the district with the object of preserving or enhancing existing amenity.  The City's Town Planning Schemes, Planning Policies, Municipal Heritage Inventory and Residential Design Guidelines facilitate the achievement of this objective.

An application for Planning Approval needs to be submitted to the City's Planning Services Department when a property owner wishes to:
•    build a new building,
•    extend (including patios, alfrescos and sheds) an existing building,
•    change the use of the property, or
•    conduct a 'Home Occupation'.

An application to subdivide or amalgamate land is lodged with the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, in the case of a proposed subdivision, the City's Town Planning Scheme, incorporating the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia, determines how many lots may be created.

Building Services
The City of South Perth is a Permit Authority under the Building Act 2011.  Building Permits are issued by the City of South Perth for any building work for which a building permit application is required pursuant to the Building Act 2011 (Part 5) and the Building Regulations (WA) 2012  (Part 6 – Schedule 4- Cl. 2).  Complete applications shall be lodged in a manner as required by the Building Act 2011.  If you believe that your building work does not require a building permit please contact the Building Services on 08 9474 0777 to be sure.

Please note that statutory fee shall be paid at the time of submission of any application including any additional fees that are applied by the City of South Perth to almost any building permit applications (i.e. bonds to protect the City’s assets from damages). View the Fees and Charges Schedule.

Incomplete applications are not invited. Any incomplete applications received by the City may be returned to the sender, refused and the fees forfeited. 

It is your responsibility to make sure that planning approval is granted (if it is required) prior any building permit applications being submitted and to make sure that the building drawings matches those of planning approval. Application forms and any further information is available If you intend to apply for a building permit to carry on building or demolition works at Department of Commerce of Western Australia - Building Commission website.

Building Links


Information Sheets

These are prepared by the City on a range of subjects to provide guidance in relation to the City's town planning and building requirements.  

Planning & Building Services Information Sheets
How do I obtain a copy of my Planning or Building Plans?
Caring for our Street Trees
Trees on Development Sites and Street Verges - Policy P350.5
Street Trees - Policy P308
Building a Sustainable House
Street Verges
Acid Sulfate Soils and Unstable Material
Planning Services Information Sheets
Applying for Planning Approval
Applying to WAPC for Subdivision or Amalgamation of  Land
Proposing to operate a business from home?
Use of land (including Change of Use and Non-Conforming Use)
Neighbour Consultation
Explanation of types of 'Dwellings' and types of 'Title'
Right-of-way closure process
Requesting a Town Planning Scheme Amendment


To fulfil the City's responsibilities in relation to town planning and development control, the following documents have been prepared by the City and are currently in force.

Town Planning Documents
Town Planning Scheme No. 6
Town Planning Schemes determine where and how certain types of developments and land uses are permitted.  Schemes are amended from time to time and made available during the amendment process for public comment .

Town Planning Policies
Planning Polices complement the Town Planning Scheme and provide guidance on a range of Town Planning matters. New and amended policies are made available for public comment before becoming operational. Most of the Town Planning Policies fall within "Goal 3".  Please also note policy P104 under "Goal 1".

Local Commercial Strategy
The Local Commercial Strategy was adopted by the Council at its March 2004 meeting (refer to item 9.3.4 and relevant attachments). 

Adopted Local Commercial Strategy 2004
Local Commercial Strategy Appendices 1 and 2
Local Commercial Strategy Appendix 3

Municipal Heritage Inventory
The Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) is prepared under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. The Inventory has Town Planning implications for those properties identified in the list. The MHI is reviewed annually and changes are advertised for public comment before becoming operational.

Residential Design Guidelines
Residential Design Guidelines are prepared for specific localities and contain detailed requirements for development within those localities. Some of these requirements are variations from the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R Codes) and the City’s Planning Policies. All other requirements prescribed in the Town Planning Schemes, R Codes, Policies and Municipal Heritage Inventory still apply.


Planning Services Administration
Fees Schedule

Planning Approval Application Form

Application for Written Planning Advice – Requirement for Planning Approval
If you are uncertain whether planning approval is required for your development, it is highly recommended to obtain the City’s written planning advice.

Single House Verification Certificate – Planning Approval Not Required
If you are certain that planning approval is not required for your development, the completed verification certificate and assessment sheet must be submitted with your building permit application.

Planning Approval Application Checklists
These checklists list the information that is required to be shown in some of the common types of Planning Approval Applications.

New Dwellings AND Additions and Alterations to Existing Dwellings

Patio Addition to Existing Dwelling(s)

Home Occupation

Change of Use

Submission and Meeting Deadlines
Most applications for planning approval are determined by officers under delegated authority. Where officers do not have the delegated authority, applications are referred to a Council meeting. Applicants should discuss their application with the Planning Services staff to get an indication of whether or not a referral to a Council meeting might be required.

Standard Conditions and Footnotes for Planning Approval
This is a list of all the standard conditions and footnotes that the City uses when preparing Planning Approvals. The City may also issue non-standard conditions and footnotes.


The following links to other websites are useful.
General Links
State Law Publisher
The State Law Publisher has 'Online Publications' relating to Western Australian Statutes and Regulations. State legislation and regulations relating to Town Planning and Building are located at this site.

Dividing Fences Information
Refer to information on the Dividing Fences Act, and City’s Policy on fences.
State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)
Information on the tribunal, appeal forms, legislation, rules and regulations. An application for a review of planning or building decision could be made to the Tribunal.  

Town Planning Links
Residential Design Codes (R-Codes 2015)
The purpose of the R-Codes is to provide a comprehensive basis for the control of residential development throughout Western Australia. Please note that the Town Planning Scheme and some Planning Policies vary certain requirements of the R-Codes.

Residential Design Codes Explanatory Guidelines (2015)
The purpose of these guidelines is to explain and assist interpretation and application of the R-Codes.

Deemed Provisions for Local Planning Schemes (LPS)
The purpose of the deemed provisions for LPS are to determine where and how certain types of developments and land uses are permitted.

Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC)
The Western Australian Planning Commission is the decision making body at the State level in relation to urban and regional planning.  The Commission is supported by an administrative department known as the Department for Planning and Infrastructure.  Responsibilities include land subdivision/amalgamation, the review of Local Councils’ proposed Town Planning Schemes or amendments to existing Schemes, and the preparation of regulatory documents such as the Residential Design Codes.

Heritage Council of Western Australia
The Heritage Council of WA manages heritage at a state wide level.  Their website also has background information relating to Municipal Heritage Inventories held by the local governments.


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