State Planning Policy 7.3 - Residential Design Codes

Updated: Sep 23

Residential design provisions for low and medium density with supporting documents.




The WA Government has reviewed State Planning Policy 7.3: Residential Design Codes - Volume 1 (R-Codes) as part of its package of planning reforms to assist with economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The review resulted in a series of amendments to the R-Codes. The amendments aim to support the residential building industry, local governments, and homeowners by simplifying clauses and streamlining approval processes for low to medium density housing projects.


The amendments were gazetted and became operational on Friday 2nd July 2021.

To further assist understanding of the recently amended R-Codes, an online information session was hosted by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The information session discussed the key changes to the R-Codes and provided clarification of common queries that had arisen from the changes. A recording of this session can be found here


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