Most new developments require approval under the Western Australian planning laws. The Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA) (the Act) is the main legislation that governs planning in Western Australia.

This Fact Sheet examines Western Australia’s planning law framework – explaining what the planning laws are as well as discussing local planning schemes, regional planning schemes, subdivision of land and other planning controls. For information on the process for approving particular developments, see Fact Sheet: Development controls.