New planning regulations to streamline system

New planning regulations to streamline system
Friday 18 December 2020

Changes to local planning regulations to take effect in February 2021.

A number of common-sense amendments to local planning regulations will take effect next February, delivering on the McGowan Government's commitment to cut red tape, streamline planning processes and support local jobs.

From February 15, 2021, homeowners and small businesses will be exempt from requiring planning approval for single homes, extensions and small projects such as cubby houses and patios.

The changes provide for a 'deemed-to-comply' check which allows local government to ensure compliance with the Residential Design Codes, enabling development proposals to process straight to the building approval stage.

Other changes will improve processes and consultation practices while reducing administration:

  • removing the need for planning approvals for certain change-of-use applications, such as establishing a small café, a restaurant or small bar
  • a limit of only one further request for additional information from local governments for applications not requiring public consultation
  • consistent public consultation requirements for complex development applications
  • exemptions from planning approval for small projects such as decks, shade sails and patios
  • prioritising online publication of planning documents; and
  • introducing a single planning process for structure plans and precinct structure plans. 

By July 1, 2021, a second stage of regulatory changes will take effect to the provision of car parking in developments. Subject to further consultation with local government, these changes will introduce a consistent approach to calculating cash in-lieu options for car parking.

The new approach to car parking will be ready for the start of the new financial year and in response to public consultation, will apply only to planning applications in the Perth and Peel region scheme areas.

These changes support new planning legislation introduced earlier this year, and a raft of revised State planning policies creating a contemporary planning system and supporting the State's COVID-19 economic recovery.

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