Local planning scheme

New Local Planning Scheme No. 3

Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3) was approved by the Minister for Planning on 30 August 2018 and became operational when published in the Government Gazette on 23 October 2018. As of that date, District Planning Scheme No. 2 (DPS2) is no longer in operation.

One of the main differences between DPS2 and LPS3 is that the development requirements against which planning applications are assessed are located in local planning policies, rather than with the planning scheme itself.

There are local planning policies for all zones within the scheme, as well as some land use specific policies such as home-based business, short-term accommodation, child care centres and consulting rooms.

The Frequently Asked Questions and the following documents provide more information on the changes from DPS2 to LPS3.

Local Planning Scheme

The City’s local planning scheme is Local Planning Scheme No. 3, often known as LPS3.

LPS3 classifies land into zones, and outlines how land within those zones may be used and developed.

All local planning schemes in WA contain ‘deemed provisions’ that outline uniform processes and procedures. The ‘deemed provisions’, which are mandated by State legislation, cannot be altered or varied.

How a local planning scheme affects your property

LPS3 provides the basis for how land may be used and developed in the City.

This includes:

  • The zoning of your property and types of land uses that may be allowed to operate from a site.
  • The residential density code that applies to your property, which prescribes how many dwellings can be developed.
  • The requirements to obtain development (planning) approval for development.

The scheme maps can be found here.