Policies and guidelines
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The R-Codes control the design of most residential development throughout Western Australia. The R-Codes aim to address emerging design trends, promote sustainability, improve clarity and highlight assessment pathways to facilitate better outcomes for residents. They are also used for the assessment of residential subdivision proposals and should be read with Development control policy 2.2 residential subdivision for this purpose. A copy of this document can be found below in Related policies.
The R-Codes Explanatory Guidelines and Practice Notes provide assistance on operation and interpretation of provisions. The R-Codes Assessment Checklist streamlines residential development application compliance assessment to support a consistent, accurate and faster determination process.
Note: the 2013 gazetted version, the 2015 amendments and the 2018 amendments are available on the State Law Publisher website
Please note: the R-Codes are administered and applied by local government, so all enquiries relating to specific development proposals (including the application and interpretation of provisions of the R-Codes to specific development proposals) must be directed to the relevant local government where the development proposal is located.
DesignWA and the R-Codes
The WAPC has released Design WA Stage 1 to the public, including State Planning Policy No. 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 2 - Apartments.
As of 24 May 2019, SPP3.1 R-Codes will be renamed State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 1, with all existing context except for Part 6 to remain.
The new State Planning Policy 7.3 Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments will replace the content of Part 6 of the R-Codes, focusing on improved design outcomes for apartments (multiple dwellings).
Find out more information on Design WA.