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   State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes  (11606.00 KB)

   Residential Design Codes - Explanatory Guidelines  (16353.77 KB)

   Residential Design Codes - Practice Notes  (1842.45 KB)

   Residential Design Codes - Assessment Checklist  (762.07 KB)

   State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes (Print Version)  (2759.79 KB)

   Residential Design Codes - Explanatory Guidelines (Print Version)  (18020.90 KB)

The R-Codes control the design of most residential development throughout Western Australia. The R-Codes aim to address emerging design trends, promote sustainability, improve clarity and highlight assessment pathways to facilitate better outcomes for residents. They are also used for the assessment of residential subdivision proposals and should be read with Development Control Policy 2.2 Residential Subdivision for this purpose.

The R-Codes Explanatory Guidelines and Practice Notes provide assistance on operation and interpretation of provisions. The R-Codes Assessment Checklist streamlines residential development application compliance assessment to support a consistent, accurate and faster determination process.

Note: the 2013 gazetted version (pdf 15.7MB) and the 2015 amendments are available on the State Law Publisher website

The R-Codes are administered and applied by local government, so 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..

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. The submissions period for this amendment closed 10 October 2016.

These minor amendments address stakeholder concerns regarding misinterpretation and inconsistency of application of certain provisions of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) and improve alignment of the R-Codes with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations.

Design WA and the R-Codes

The WAPC has advertised Design WA stage one for public comment, including Apartment Design - Volume Two of State Planning Policy No. 7.3 Residential Design Codes. This policy provides guidance for apartments and mixed-use developments, and is intended replace Part 6 of the current R-Codes. The submissions period for Design WA stage one closed on 20th December 2016, and the feedback received will inform the final gazetted version.

The next stage of Design WA will include House Design - Volume One of State Planning Policy No. 7.3 Residential Design Codes, to provide guidance for single and grouped dwellings. It is intended that these two volumes, when finalised, will entirely replace the current version of the R-Codes.

Find out more information on Design WA here.

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.

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