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Residential Development

Unless specified in the Shire’s Town Planning Schemes, all residential areas with ‘R-Codes" shall be developed in accordance with the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia. The R-Codes applies to all residential development within Western Australia, providing a comprehensive basis for residential development. Planning approval is required for all residential development within the Shire of Northam that does not meet the Acceptable Development Criteria of the R-Codes.A separate application and issue of a Building Licence is also required for all residential development.

It’s important to note that the R-Codes don’t address the physical construction requirements or internal arrangements of buildings. These are dealt with by the Building Codes of Australia.

The Planning Department can assist with any further enquiries relating to residential development on (08) 9622 6100 or [email protected].

Residential Design Codes