Progress on new planning regulations to cut red tape

Progress on new planning regulations to cut red tape
Friday 21 August 2020

Amendments to local planning regulations will expand exemptions for many small residential and non-residential projects, including extensions and renovations to existing homes.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti is finalising 30 proposed regulatory changes that will streamline the State planning system, cut red tape and support Western Australia's economic recovery from COVID-19.

Amendments to local planning regulations will expand exemptions for many small residential and non-residential projects, including extensions and renovations to existing homes.

Proposed changes may include removing the requirement for some planning approval, the introduction of improved change of use, and parking requirements for small businesses in certain locations.

Key proposals in the draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 Amendments include:

  • removing the need for planning approvals across local government for a number of different types of change of use applications, for example to establish a café or restaurants; 
  • a broader 'deemed-to-comply' check for single residential dwellings;
  • a limit of only one further request for additional information from local governments for applications that do not require public consultation or referral;
  • consistent public consultation requirements for complex development applications;
  • reduce holdups in the referral process to ensure a development application proceeds in the event timeframes are not met or responses are not received, and applications are determined based on the information available at the conclusion of the referral period;
  • new exemptions from planning approval for small projects such as site works, cubby houses, signage and water tanks;
  • online publication of planning documents, removing the requirement for presentation of hard copies in a physical location;
  • introduction of a single process for structure plans and precinct structure plans; and
  • introduce clear and consistent calculation of cash-in-lieu options for car parking as part of a planning application.  

These are the first of more than 100 proposals to provide greater consistency across all levels of the planning system and support home owners and small businesses.

The proposed amendments are available for comment at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au until September 18, 2020.

Read the full media statement - Progress on new planning regulations to cut red tape

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