Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Planning and managing land and heritage for all Western Australians. Planning for our future, respecting our past, creating opportunities for today.


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State awards honour WA heritage champions

Honours have been awarded to 19 individuals, organisations and projects tonight at this year's Western Australian Heritage Awards ceremony at the Art Gallery of Western Australia Rooftop.

What we do

Please note: due to an unscheduled outage, the following online services are currently unavailable:

  • ePlan - online service for the lodgement, payment and processing of planning subdivision and amalgamation applications and structure plan applications
  • PlanWA - public mapping tool that provides access to planning, land and heritage data
  • Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System (AHIS) - information on Aboriginal sites, other heritage places and Aboriginal heritage surveys

Formed in 2017, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage brings all land use and heritage responsibilities under the one umbrella to shape the future of our cities, regions and towns.

Responsible for state level land use planning and management, and oversight of Aboriginal cultural heritage and built heritage matters, the department supports four Ministers and administers a wide range of legislation.

We plan how to make best use of the State’s natural and built assets for the sustainable and responsible development of all Western Australian communities, through evidence-based research, integrated policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Our key focus areas are:

  • Aboriginal heritage and lands management
  • Crown land administration
  • historic heritage conservation services
  • integrated land and infrastructure policy development
  • land use planning and policy development.

The vast scope of our work ranges from managing much-loved State assets such as Whiteman Park and  Fremantle Prison, to overseeing the Aboriginal Lands Trust and Crown land estates, to working closely with other state government departments on strategic government priorities such as METRONET.

The Department is open to the public from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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ABN information

ABN: 68 565 723 484


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Under the Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has prepared a FOI statement that gives you the right to apply for access to documents held by the Department. 

Page reviewed 3 December 2021