Local Planning Framework

Local governments are responsible for planning their local communities by ensuring appropriate planning controls exist for land use and development. They do this by preparing local planning schemes and strategies.

A Local Planning Strategy is a high level and strategic document that sets out the framework for local planning and development over the next 10 to 15 years.

Local Planning Strategy

A local planning scheme is a statutory document that sets out objectives, policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land in the area to which it applies. A planning scheme regulates the use and development of land through planning provisions to achieve those objectives and policies. A copy of the Local Planning Scheme and associated Scheme Maps can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's website below.

Local Planning Scheme No. 5 

Local Planning Scheme Gazette Notice

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA)

New Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) were gazetted on 25 August 2015 and took effect on 19 October 2015. If you would like to know more about the Planning and Development Regulations 2015 please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

Deemed Provisions for Local Planning Schemes

The Regulations contain provisions relating to local planning strategies, schemes and scheme amendments. They also contain a Model Scheme Text and introduce a set of deemed provisions for local planning schemes that have automatically formed part of every local planning scheme in the State since the Regulations took effect in 2015.