Planning in coastal hazard areas

State Planning Policy 2.6 State Coastal Planning requires local governments to identify coastal hazard areas and to inform future and current property owners in coastal hazard areas of the risk.

A coastal hazard assessment undertaken for the City’s coastline has identified that some areas may become susceptible to coastal erosion within the next 100 years. In the short term this may include beaches and associated infrastructure such as access ways and dune fencing. In the long term (greater than 50 years) additional infrastructure such as car parks, some City owned buildings within coastal foreshore areas and some private property may potentially be at risk from severe storm erosion.

Coastal hazard areas for 50 year and 100 year timeframes can be viewed by downloading the Coastal Hazard Maps. Coastal hazard areas have been identified using the methodology prescribed in State Planning Policy 2.6 and does not take into account future adaptation actions the City may take.

State Planning Policy 2.6 prescribes the following requirements for planning and development in coastal hazard areas:

  • If a planning or development application is submitted for a lot located in a coastal hazard area then a notification on the certificate of title will be required as a condition of approval
  • Coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning needs to be undertaken prior to subdivision of undeveloped land.

All coastal local governments in Western Australia are required to implement State Planning Policy 2.6.

For further information on the implications of State Planning Policy 2.6 for property owners in coastal hazard areas please see the Coastal Vulnerability and Affected Private Property – Frequently Asked Questions and the City’s Coastal Local Planning Policy.