Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R Codes)

The Residential Design Codes are commonly called the (R-Codes) and provide a comprehensive basis for local governments to control residential development. The R-Codes are available for viewing and download from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.  

They generally apply to residential development throughout Western Australia, except as otherwise prescribed by the provisions of the Town Planning Scheme No. 1 or as varied by the Council’s local planning policies. 

Note - In the Town of Victoria Park, the streetscape elements of the R-Codes Volume 1, Part 5 are varied by Council's Local Planning Policy 25 - Streetscape. For further information, please contact the Duty Planner during business hours on (08) 9311 8111. 

Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R Codes)

The Residential Design Codes (the R-Codes) provide a comprehensive basis for local governments to control residential development. The R-Codes are available for viewing and download from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website. 

The R-Codes 2021 comprise two volumes :

  • Volume 1 – Applies to single houses; and grouped dwellings; and apartments in areas coded less than R40.
  • Volume 2 – Applies to apartments in areas coded R40 and above.

There are aspects of the R-Codes which are varied by the Town’s Town Planning Scheme No. 1 or Local Planning Policies.

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