State Government considers planning reforms

You might have heard recently the State Government is keen to cut red tape and expedite approvals for projects like single houses, patios, carports, decks and sheds as one measure for boosting the WA economy following the negative impact of Covid-19 this year.

The proposed State Government reforms have not yet been adopted and are currently open to public and industry comment before changes are implemented.

Any proposed changes will need to be considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission and if supported, they will come into effect once a notice is published in the Government Gazette, most likely towards the end of the year.

If approved, changes to the Residential Design Codes may reduce the need for development approvals on the above-mentioned structures.

The Shire of Dardanup would however like to remind residents, builders and contractors the proposed changes do not mitigate the need to apply for a Building Permit.

If you’re unsure whether you need to apply for a Building Permit, visit this page of our website for a comprehensive guide.

https://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/building-applications-start-here/

To read more about the State Governments proposed changes to Residential Design Codes, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/rcodes