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State Planning Policy 2.5: Rural Planning (SPP 2.5) and Development Control Policy 3.4: Subdivision of rural land (DC 3.4) govern planning decision-making for rural land in Western Australia. The Rural Planning Guidelines (Guidelines) provide explanatory detail to assist the implementation of SPP 2.5 and DC 3.4 and explain the context of the policies.

The Guidelines can be used in the preparation or review of regional schemes, regional strategies or frameworks, sub-regional strategies, local planning strategies and schemes, structure plans, other planning instruments such as local planning policies and any amendments to these documents.

The Guidelines also include interpretation relevant to the subdivision of rural zoned land, for development proposals on rural zoned land and for rural land uses on land zoned for other purposes, in accordance with region and local scheme requirements.

It is intended that the Guidelines will be reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect contemporary planning issues