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.


What we do

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.

Please note: due to an unscheduled outage, some of our online services are currently unavailable.

System outage information

Work is continuing to resolve the significant system outage that has impacted Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage online services. It’s anticipated that the outage will continue into next week.

The following online services are 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.

This has obviously caused major difficulties for our stakeholders and users of these systems and we apologise for this inconvenience. Efforts are being made to provide viable options wherever possible. 

Planning applications

We can continue to receive and process applications. Applications should be lodged by email as follows and directed as follows.

Application Email address for lodgement
New subdivision applications
Subdivision clearance
Structure Plans (new and amendments)
New development applications
Development applications (not DAP or SDAU)
New leases, licences, agreements
Local Planning Schemes and Local Planning Scheme Amendments
Local Planning Strategies
Region Planning Schemes

If your application includes documents that are too large to email (individual files cannot exceed 35MB, with a total email size of 150MB), please contact the relevant email address listed above and you will be provided directions for the upload of large documents. 

If your application requires payment of a fee, you will be contacted by a DPLH officer following receipt of your application so that payment can be made. 

Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System (AHIS) and PlanWA

We have also developed a temporary “lite’ version of AHIS and PlanWA that will source the majority of the information from the State Government Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP). 

The following functions are unavailable in the temporary map viewer:

  • Aboriginal Heritage searches and reports
  • Address Search
  • Land Enquiry Tool

The following layers are unavailable:

  • Development Assessment Panel (DAP) and State Development Assessment Unit (SDAU) Applications
  • Sub-Regional Planning Frameworks
  • Operational Policy 4.3 - Planning for high-pressure gas pipelines
  • Land Use Employment Survey (LUES) - Complexes

Map layers last updated on the following dates:

  • 30/11/2021: Heritage Council WA
  • 24/11/2021: Region Schemes, Local Planning Schemes, Structure Plans, Swan Valley Planning Scheme; Settlement Layout Plans
  • All other layers are current.

Consultation hub

The DPLH consultation hub, Citizen Space has not been impacted by the outage and continues to operate. 

We are continuing to work on resolving other ongoing issues and full data and functional capabilities including those relating to region scheme certificates will be restored as soon as possible.

About DPLH

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


Ministerial reporting

Corporate executive

Make a Freedom of Information request

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 6 December 2021