Proposed minor amendments to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes for public comment
The WAPC has released the R-Codes proposed amendments 2016 for public comment.
Submissions closed at 5pm on Monday 10 October 2016.
The proposed amendments address stakeholder concerns regarding misinterpretation and inconsistency of application of certain provisions of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).
They aim to improve use and clarity, address anomalies and align the R-Codes with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations.
Substantive changes include:
- Removal of site area design principles
- Amended grouped and multiple dwelling definitions
- Reduce setback for walls with major openings for wall heights 3.5 metres or less from 1.5 metres to 1.2 metres
- Solar access applying to wall height greater than 3.5 metres
- Introduce a new streetscape appearance ‘deemed-to-comply’ clause
- Clarification of ancillary dwellings construction standards
- Clarification of driveway/crossover locations
- Reduce the minimum number of aged or dependent persons’ dwellings in any single development from 5 to 2.
The documents below are available for user download and printing.
- State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes Print Version (pdf 2.96MB)
- Residential Design Codes - Explanatory Guidelines Print Version (pdf 1.8MB)
Note: the 2013 gazetted version (pdf 15.7MB) and the 2015 amendments are available on the State Law Publisher website.
The following versions are interactive. For best use, down-load both files and in Adobe Reader, select ‘preferences/documents’ and uncheck the ‘Open cross-document links in same window’, to view both simultaneously.
- State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes (pdf 11.6MB)
- Residential Design Codes - Explanatory Guidelines (pdf 16.4MB)
Other related documents
- Planning Bulletin 109/2013 - Residential Design Codes (pdf 152kb)
- R-Codes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - updated (October 2014) (pdf 1.6MB)
- Development Control Policy 2.2 - Residential Subdivision (August 2013) (pdf 235kb)
The R-Codes provide a comprehensive basis for the control of residential development throughout Western Australia. The R-Codes aims to address emerging design trends, promote sustainability, improve clarity and highlight assessment pathways to facilitate better residential design outcomes throughout Western Australia.
As the R-Codes are used for the assessment of residential subdivision proposals, consequential changes have also been made to Development Control Policy 2.2 Residential Subdivision.
The R-Codes Explanatory Guidelines, Planning Bulletin 109/2013 – Residential Design Codes, R-Codes FAQs documents above further explain the operation of the R-Codes, provide context and assistance in interpreting the provisions and provide answers to frequently asked questions.
As the R-Codes are administered and applied by local government, 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.
R-Codes Share Forum
The R-Codes Share Forum is hosted on an off-site server on behalf of the WAPC to provide users of the R-Codes with an informal forum to discuss issues arising from practical implementation. Please note the views expressed on the forum are not presented as the official position of the WAPC.
State Planning Policies
- 3.0 Mar 2006
Development Control and Operational Policies
- 1.1 Jun 2004
- 1.2 Aug 2004
- 1.7 Jun 1998
- 2.2 Aug 2013
- 2.3 May 2002
- 2.5 Jun 1998
- 107 Oct 2012
- 112 Apr 2016
113 Multiple Dwellings in R40 coded areas and variation to R-Codes Multiple Dwelling development standardsJul 2015
Fact Sheets, Guidelines and Manuals
- G Oct 2015
- G Jun 1998
- M Mar 2010