State Planning Policy 7.3 - Residential Design Codes

Residential design provisions for low and medium density with supporting documents.
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The R-Codes control the design of most residential development throughout Western Australia. The R-Codes aim to address emerging design trends, promote sustainability, improve clarity and highlight assessment pathways to facilitate better outcomes for residents. They are also used for the assessment of residential subdivision proposals and should be read with Development Control Policy 2.2 Residential Subdivision for this purpose.

The R-Codes Explanatory Guidelines and Practice Notes provide assistance on operation and interpretation of provisions. The R-Codes Assessment Checklist streamlines residential development application compliance assessment to support a consistent, accurate and faster determination process. Previous versions of the R-Codes are available on the State Law Publisher website.

The R-Codes are administered and applied by local government, so all enquiries relating to specific development proposals (including the application and interpretation of provisions of the R-Codes to specific development proposals) must be directed to the relevant local government where the development proposal is located.

Medium Density Housing Code

The new Medium Density Housing Code provisions to form part of the amended R-Codes Volume 1, were prepared to guide the design and delivery of medium density residential development in Western Australia and were scheduled to be gazetted on 1 September 2023.

The State Government has since requested the Western Australian Planning Commission to defer gazettal of the new provisions and undertake further amendments.

For more information visit the Medium density page.

Which R-Codes volume should I be using?

  Single houses Grouped dwellings Apartments/
multiple dwellings
R-Codes Volume 1 All single house development All grouped dwelling development R35 and below
R-Codes Volume 2 - Apartments N/A N/A R40 and above
Residential component of
mixed-use development