Planning bulletins

Planning bulletins provide advice on legislation, planning practice, subdivision and development control, and policy positions of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

Current planning bulletins are listed below. Rescinded planning bulletins are archived and available on request.

Parliament House Precinct policy - Jul 1983

This Planning Bulletin aims to recognise the significance of Parliament and reinforce the unique role Parliament Hill plays in the structure of the City.

It outlines measures to maintain views of Parliament House from the City, maintain views over the Swan River from the terraces of Parliament House and control the appearance of the Parliament House Precinct.

10 - Geotechnical reports for subdivisions - Jan 1996

The purpose of this planning bulletin is to advise local government and client bodies of the matters to be considered in respect of the need for geotechnical reports.

The WAPC has been requested to reconsider the need for geotechnical reports as pre-requisites to subdivision approvals.

Planning Bulletin 10 - Geotechnical reports for subdivisions

33 - Rights-of-way or laneways in established areas - Jan 2017

This planning bulletin establishes the WAPC's policy, practice and procedures regarding residential and commercial development and subdivision (including strata and survey-strata) adjoining existing rights-of-way (or laneways).

The development of rights-of-way in “greenfield” subdivisions in new urban areas, or on large urban infill sites within developed areas, is addressed in the WAPC’s Development Control Policy 1.7 - General Road Planning.

Planning Bulletin 33 - Rights of way or laneways in established areas

37 - Draft model text provisions for structure plans - Feb 2000

The purpose of this planning bulletin is to seek comment on draft model text provisions for structure plans.

The draft provisions are included in schedule 1 attached to this planning bulletin. The draft provisions set out a clear and consistent procedure for the preparation, assessment, advertising, approval and modification of structure plans. The draft provisions also introduce the concept of detailed area plans.

Following consideration of comments and finalisation, it is intended to introduce the draft provisions as regulations.

Planning Bulletin 37 - Draft model provisions structure plans

49 - Caravan parks - May 2014

UPDATE December 2021: the draft Position Statement: Planning for Tourism and Guidelines have been released for public comment. Once finalised, this Position Statement will supersede Planning Bulletin 49 – Caravan parks (May 2014).


The intent of this bulletin is to support the provision of caravan parks within Western Australia by facilitating greater flexibility in the design and composition of new or redeveloped caravan parks, while delivering quality land use planning outcomes.

This bulletin, to be applied on a case-by-case basis, provides guidance on matters to be taken into consideration in planning for caravan parks, including the development of new or redevelopment of existing parks. This position provides a more flexible approach to encourage and support investment in the caravan park industry.

Key planning objectives for caravan parks are to:

  • ensure the development and long term retention of caravan parks as a form of short stay (affordable) accommodation primarily for leisure tourists
  • recognise that the commercial sustainability of caravan parks requires some flexibility in product mix, site design and risk mitigation approaches
  • plan for and facilitate growth in the caravan park industry
  • ensure the compatibility of short stay and long stay uses of caravan parks through appropriate separation
  • encourage the development and redevelopment of caravan parks in a manner that responds appropriately to the environment, economy and context, and maintains a minimum standard
  • ensure any new caravan parks are located appropriately to their intended market, function and context

70 - Caretakers' dwellings in industrial areas - Jan 2017

This planning bulletin highlight’s the issues associated with the establishment of caretakers’ dwellings in the State and to outline a policy for dealing consistently with this demand through local planning strategies, local planning schemes and policy provisions.

Although the Bulletin has been prepared largely in response to emerging regional issues where there is a greater demand for caretakers’ dwellings, it can be equally applied to the metropolitan region. However, the WAPC acknowledges the significant differences between metropolitan and regional local government areas throughout the State and the need to accommodate a range of responses to this issue.

Planning Bulletin 70 - Caretakers dwellings in industrial areas

72 - Child care centres - Aug 2009

The purpose of this planning bulletin is to outline a consistent policy approach to planning for childcare centres.

The purpose of this planning bulletin is to:

  • differentiate between child care related activities operating in existing residential area, such as family day care that takes place in dwellings, and non-residential child care activities
  • outline a consistent policy approach to planning for child care centres
  • advise of planning considerations in relation to the location and development of child care centres.

The bulletin has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Child Protection, Department for Communities, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Conservation and local government.

The bulletin supersedes Planning Bulletin 72 Child-care Centres (June 2005) and the planning guidelines included in it.

83 - Planning for tourism - Jan 2013

UPDATE December 2021: the draft Position Statement: Planning for Tourism and Guidelines have been released for public comment. Once finalised, this Position Statement will supersede Planning Bulletin 83 – Planning for Tourism (June 2013).


This bulletin sets out the policy position of the WAPC on tourism development within the State and will guide decision-making by the WAPC and local government on subdivision, development and scheme amendment proposals for tourism purposes.

This planning bulletin was substantially revised and released on 19 July 2011 with a ministerial commitment to monitor and review in 12 months’ time. This review is now complete, and the bulletin updated with minor amendments.

This policy position provides a more strategic and flexible approach to tourism planning to encourage and support investment in the industry.

The policy position:

  • provides for a strategic focus of broader planning concepts such as locations and precincts to replace the existing “strategic” and “non-strategic” tourism sites
  • places greater emphasis on the local planning framework in addressing regional and local tourism issues and land use planning objectives
  • highlights that local governments may set a limit to residential development as part of tourism sites within their local planning strategy or a local planning policy
  • encourages developers to consider other non-tourist development (such as commercial, retail, conference/reception centre, restaurant/café) within tourism sites, before or at the very least in conjunction with any residential component.

87 - High pressure gas transmission pipelines in the Perth Metropolitan Region - Oct 2007

This planning bulletin provides guidance on matters to be taken into account in considering planning proposals.

This planning bulletin provides guidance on matters to be taken into account by the WAPC, local governments and applicants in considering planning proposals in the vicinity of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline and the Parmelia Gas Pipeline, in the Perth metropolitan region.

This bulletin applies to the Perth metropolitan region as defined by the Metropolitan Region Scheme. It applies to schemes, scheme amendments, structure planning, subdivision or development, except for conventional agricultural or rural pursuits, within the vicinity of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor and the Parmelia Gas Pipeline easement.

Planning Bulletin 87 - High pressure gas transmission pipelines in the Perth metropolitan region

94 - Approval requirements for public works and development by public authorities - Nov 2008

This planning bulletin assists users of the planning system in understanding the development approval process for public works throughout the state.

This bulletin is under review due to amendments to the Planning and Development Act 2005 gazetted September 2020.

It also outlines when a body must obtain WAPC approval to undertake development under a region scheme.

This bulletin supersedes planning bulletin 53.

Planning Bulletin 94 - Approval requirements for public works and development by public authorities

97 - Proposed street tree and utility planning amendments to Liveable Neighbourhoods and Development Control Policy 1.3 - Strata Titles - May 2009

This planning bulletin explains proposed changes to the street trees and utility planning clauses in Liveable Neighbourhoods and Development Control Policy 1.3 Strata Titles.

The objectives of the proposed amendments are to ensure:

  • road verges are of sufficient width to continue to accommodate all transport requirements, street trees, paths, utilities and services now and in the future
  • flexibility in the road reserve for future changes in services, transport and future densification
  • that street trees are planted and maintained.
Planning Bulletin 97 - Proposed street tree and utility planning amendments to Liveable Neighbourhoods and Development Control Policy 1.3 Strata titles

99 - Holiday homes guidelines - Sep 2009

UPDATE December 2021: the draft Position Statement: Planning for Tourism and Guidelines have been released for public comment. Once finalised, this Position Statement will supersede Planning Bulletin 99 – Holiday home guidelines (2009).


This planning bulletin provides greater certainty for the local government and the growing holiday home sector.

The guidelines have been developed in response to the growing number of holiday homes - particularly in popular tourism destinations - over the past decade.

The guidelines propose possible changes to local planning schemes and the preparation of policies tailored to address specific issues encountered by local governments in their region.

Other key proposals include:

  • holiday homes being formalised as a land use class in local planning schemes
  • local governments developing local planning policies on holiday homes
  • the identification of preferred areas for holiday homes.

100 - State Planning Policy 3.6 - Development contributions for infrastructure - Nov 2009

This planning bulletin provides an overview of State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure which was gazetted on 20 November 2009.

SPP 3.6 consolidates and expands on Planning Bulletin 18 Developer Contributions for Infrastructure and Planning Bulletin 41 Draft Model Text Provisions for Development Contributions. These planning bulletins are superceded by SPP 3.6 which:

  • sets out development contribution provisions for standard infrastructure items applied by the WAPC on the subdivision, strata subdivision, or development of land
  • provides a consistent, accountable and transparent system for local governments to plan and charge for community infrastructure items which are not included in the standard provisions through development contribution plans.
Planning Bulletin 100 - State Planning Policy 3.6 - Development contributions infrastructure

107 - New model subdivision - Oct 2012

The Model Subdivision Condition Schedule is an essential tool used by the WAPC, to ensure compliance with the statutory and policy responsibilities of the WAPC in granting approval to subdivide land into freehold, survey strata and strata titles.

The Model Subdivision Conditions Schedule is to be used by referral agencies in response to WAPC subdivision referrals to assist in the timely determination of applications.

A review of the current Model Subdivision Conditions Schedule (January 2009) has been undertaken, resulting in the release of a new Schedule adopted by the WAPC.

111 - Planning in bushfire prone areas - Oct 2016

The bulletin provides guidance to assist with the interpretation and implementation of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (SPP 3.7) and the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas.

This planning bulletin supersedes the previous Planning Bulletin PB 111/2015.

The revised Planning Bulletin clarifies:

  • when SPP 3.7 should apply to proposals for habitable buildings or uses
  • when SPP 3.7 should apply to renovations, alterations, extensions, improvements or repairs of habitable buildings
  • when SPP 3.7 should apply to subdivision applications
  • the requirements applicable to subdivision and development applications assessed against SPP 3.7
  • the meaning of habitable buildings and development site for the purposes of applying the LPS Regulations to areas designated as bushfire prone.
Planning Bulletin 111 - Planning in bushfire prone areas

112 - Medium-density single house development standards - development zones - Apr 2016

This planning bulletin outlines acceptable variations to the deemed-to-comply provisions of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) for medium-density single houses in development areas, and required methods for implementation, for consistent application across Western Australia.

Planning Bulletin 112 - Medium-density single house development standards – Development Zones

113 - Multiple dwellings in R40 coded areas and variation to R-Codes multiple dwelling development standards - Jul 2015

This planning bulletin outlines acceptable local planning scheme amendment proposals that seek to control multiple dwellings in R40 coded areas and variation to multiple dwelling standards for consistent application throughout Western Australia.

Planning Bulletin 113 - Multiple dwellings in R40 coded areas and variation to R-Codes multiple dwelling development standards
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