State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and rail noise

This policy is now operational as of 6 September 2019 and replaces the previous State Planning Policy 5.4- Road and rail transport noise and freight considerations in land use planning (2009).

SPP 5.4 Road and Rail Noise applies to all stages of planning in Western Australia, where a noise-sensitive land use is proposed within the policy’s trigger distance of specified transport routes or when new or major upgrades of road and rail are proposed. The transport routes identified are considered of key economic importance due to their high vehicle movements and/or freight handling functions. 

The objective of the policy is to:

  • protect the community from unreasonable levels of transport noise
  • protect strategic and other significant freight transport corridors from incompatible urban encroachment
  • ensure transport infrastructure and land-use can mutually exist within urban corridors
  • ensure that noise impacts are addressed as early as possible in the planning process
  • encourage best practice noise mitigation design and construction standards.

To identify if your land is within the vicinity of the States freight and major traffic routes, refer to the Department’s public mapping viewer, PlanWA.

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SPP 5.4 Road and rail noise implementation guidelines
SPP 5.4 Primary freight roads and rail routes schedule 1
SPP 5.4 Primary freight roads and rail routes schedule 2
SPP 5.4 Primary freight roads and rail routes schedule 3
Page reviewed 2 February 2022