Building & Planning


Planning and Development Regulations

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 were gazetted on August 25, 2015 and took effect on October 19, 2015, replacing the Town Planning Regulations 1967.

The regulations are a major part of Western Australia's planning reform agenda, affecting arrangements for local planning strategies and town planning schemes and amendments.

In addition to a Model Scheme Text, the regulations have now introduced a set of deemed provisions, which automatically apply to every town planning scheme in WA from October 19, 2015.

For more information in relation to Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 please refer to the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Residential Design Codes

The Residential Design Codes are commonly called the "R-Codes" and provide a comprehensive basis for local governments to control residential development.

They generally apply to residential zones throughout Western Australia. They also specify the requirements for development control and minimise the need for separate planning policies for residential development.

You can view the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes) on the Department of Planning website. If you need a copy you should contact them directly.

Zoning and Land Use

Land development in the Shire is governed by the Shire of Goomalling Local Planning Scheme No 3.  The scheme classifies each piece of land by allocating it to a Zone.

The Scheme Map colour codes each of the zones for ease of reference. 

Each Zone has a set of objectives to guide planning decisions.  There is also a zoning table which sets out for each Zone whether a use is prohibited, permitted or requires a decision from Council.

The Department of Planning provides an interactive map which allows people to check their zoning on line by search the address, there is a demonstration video on the link.


What is a ‘heritage area’?

A ‘heritage area’ is an area which is considered to have significant cultural heritage and character, and is designated under clause 3 of the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4. Once an area is designated as a ‘heritage area’, special planning controls take effect in order to conserve and enhance the significant cultural heritage and character of the area.

How does a heritage listing affect my property?

There are three types of heritage listings:

State Registered List

Please contact the State Heritage Office to determine whether your property is listed on the State Register. The State Heritage Office can be contacted on 08 6552 4000 or through their website at

Local Heritage Listing

The Shire's Heritage Inventory contains properties that are considered to have significant heritage value. Each property is categorised according to its level of heritage importance and value.

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s Statement of Planning Policy 3.5 Historic Heritage Conservation may be able to provide you with further information about local heritage properties.

Local Government Inventory

The Local Government Inventory is a list of places considered to have local cultural heritage significance and is managed by the City of Swan under the Heritage of WA Act 1990.


The best place for you to start is our Building, renovations and demolition in Goomalling how to guide


Are you building, extending or renovating in Goomalling or doing a demolition?

Application forms you might need are:

Other information documents related to building and planning can be found in our document centre or on the Department of Commerce website.

Building guidelines in Bush Fire prone areas

From 8 December 2015, properties that are located in designated bush fire prone areas may require additional assessment of the bush fire risk as part of any planning or building approval processes.

To check if your property is in a bush fire prone area, check you address on this map  

Please refer to the Building Commission's website for more detailed information on building in bushfire prone areas or the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment fact Sheet.

Sustainable building and renovating in Goomalling

Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes, a joint initiative of the Australian Government and the design and construction industries, was made for people who are are building, buying or renovating. It shows how to design and build a more comfortable home that has less impact on the environment – a home that will also be more economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs. It has specific information and practical solutions that you can adapt to your budget, climate and lifestyle. It includes design tips for bushfire resistance and adaptable houses that can change with your needs (for example as you age, if you're injured or disabled, or if you just need to add an extension at some point in the future).

The website of the Office of Energy, Government of Western Australia, includes sections on Energy Smart Homes and Energy Smart Business.