Design WA

Design WA is a State Government initiative to ensure good design is at the centre of all development in Western Australia.

Design WA aims to create a built environment that reflects the distinctive characteristics of a local area, that enhances streetscapes and neighbourhoods and that contributes to the development of vibrant and liveable communities.

Design WA Stage 1

Design WA Stage 1 has been determined by the Minister for Planning and will become operational on 24 May 2019.

Stage 1 includes:

State Planning Policy 7.0: Design of the Built Environment: the lead policy that elevates the importance of design quality across the whole built environment. It includes 10 principles for good design and establishes the framework for integrating design review as a part of the evaluation process.

State Planning Policy 7.3: Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments: This is a policy for apartments and mixed-use developments which focuses on improved design outcomes for apartments, and will replace Part 6 of the R-Codes.

Design Review Guide: this works with SPP7.0 to assist local governments with the establishment and operation of design review panels, and will support consistency in the design review processes already in operation across the State.  It also provides a framework for the operation of the State Design Review Panel.

Updates to the R Codes

The existing State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes becomes State Planning Policy 7.3 ‘R-Codes Volume 1’ retaining all content with the exception of Part 6;

New State Planning Policy 7.3: R-Codes Volume 2 - Apartments - replaces the content of Part 6 of the R-Codes for apartments (multiple dwellings).

Work on Design WA Stage 2, focussing on precinct design and medium density is already underway.

Stage 1 documents

The Design WA brochure provides an at a glance guide to the new initatives propsed as part of Design WA Stage 1.  It is a summary of the key changes and 10 design principles.

Read the brochure

What to look for when choosing a well-designed house or apartmentis a complementary guide to help WA house hunters and renters choose a home that is liveable and has good design elements. It offers expert advice on what questions to ask when purchasing or renting a house or apartment.

Read the guide

Page last reviewed 22 February 2019
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