Residential Design Codes

Residential Design Codes (R-Codes)

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) provide the basis for controlling and guiding residential development throughout Western Australia.

One of the primary purposes of the R-Codes is to set the maximum density of residential development by requiring that Local Authorities, as part of their Town Planning Schemes, nominate a density code for all residential zoned land (i.e. R15, R20, R40).

Further to the above, the R-Codes are used as a basis to establish minimum lot sizes to determine whether subdivision potential exists.  To discuss whether your lot can be subdivided, please contact Planning Services on 9528 0333.

The R-Codes are also the primary assessment tool against which all residential development is assessed and determined.  The R-Codes stipulate matters such as boundary setbacks, building height and open space requirements.

The City of Rockingham has both Town Planning Scheme provisions and Local Planning Policies, which vary some of the R-Code provisions.  These policies can be discussed with the City's Planning or Building Services Officer on 9528 0333.

A copy of the R-codes can be downloaded from the Department of Planning website.