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Planning Services

The City of Nedlands Planning Services are responsible for the land use planning and land development matters.

Some of the key enquiries dealt with by Planning Services include;

  • What is the zoning of my property?
  • What uses are permissible on a property?
  • Do I need approval for a home office/occupation/business?
  • Can I subdivide my property?
  • What are R-Codes and are they applicable?
  • Can I build ancillary accommodation (granny flat) on my property?
  • Can I re-zone my property to commercial or a higher density?
  • Town Planning Scheme information and amendment application process

At the City of Nedlands, Planning Services is divided into two main areas: Strategic Planning and Statutory Planning.

  • Strategic Planning deals with the documents and initiatives to guide future development throughout the City, with a focus on neighbourhoods, public spaces, streets and precincts.
  • Statutory Planning assess and determine Development Applications in accordance with the existing planning framework and provides advice with regard to development enquiries. Statutory Officers also complete subdivision referrals from the Western Australian Planning Commission.
Deemed to Comply Check

Deemed to Comply Check

This section provides information on the types of developments that may not require development approval due to the new Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 and also the City’s Exempt Development Local Planning Policy.

Development Applications

Development Applications

Do I need development approval? 

Development approval is required for all development (works and land use) unless exempt under the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 or the City's Local Planning Policy - Exempt Development.

When development approval is required to be obtained for the proposed works and/or a change in land use, landowners are required to make an application to the City before obtaining a building permit or commencing operation of land use.

Development Assessment Panel Applications

Development Assessment Panel Applications

The purpose of DAPs is to determine the higher value development applications in place of local governments and their elected members.

Local Planning Strategy

Local Planning Strategy

A Local Planning Strategy is a document that outlines the City’s strategic intentions for planning and development. It establishes key principles that will be used in considering land use and development in response to changes in population, housing, business, employment, transport, community facilities and infrastructure.

The City of Nedlands Local Planning Strategy was finalised in September 2017 and can be viewed below. 

Mapping

Mapping

This links to the City's Interactive Mapping System

Planning Schemes

Planning Schemes

This section contains information of the City's key planning documents including the Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Residential Design Codes and Design Guidelines.

Preliminary Planning Assessment

Preliminary Planning Assessment

In cases where a development application is necessary and the development is complex in nature, the City has developed the Preliminary Planning Assessment system to assist landowners and applicants proposing any of the following forms of development, to identify any matters that may need to be addressed prior to lodging a formal development application.

Subdivision

Subdivision

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is responsible for approving all subdivision applications in our state. A property’s subdivision potential depends on a number of factors including its zoning and (if Residential zoned) its density coding (eg R12.5).

Planning Policies

Planning Policies

This section contains information on Planning Policies which the City uses when determining development and subdivision applications.

Strategic Planning Projects

Strategic Planning Projects

The City is responsible for the detailed control of land use, and the design and siting of all buildings proposed to be constructed in the area with the objective of preserving or enhancing existing amenity. The Local Planning Scheme, Planning Policies, Municipal Heritage Inventory and Design Guidelines facilitate the achievement of this objective.