Local Planning Strategy
The Local Planning Strategy sets out the long term planning directions for Cottesloe, covering the main aspects and trends influencing the future development of the district, including the regional planning context.  As such it is a basis for Local Planning Scheme No. 3, providing the broad rationale underpinning the land use zones, planning provisions and development controls in the Scheme.

Local Planning Scheme 3 - Scheme Text

Summary of Amendments:

Amendment No.

124 March 2015To provide Council with guided discretion for height variations in relation to existing dwellings and heritage buildings as specified in particular provisions.
229 May 2015To amend the Scheme Map and Schedule 15 in the Building Control Diagrams to correct anomalies in the zoning and development requirements applicable to Lots 101-103 Eileen Street.
314 July 2015Amend wall height for single storey buildings, so design is not unduly constrained.
427 May 2016Amend the Scheme Text to exclude roof terraces from being counted as open space in residential developments in certain circumstances.
527 Oct 2017To amend the residential density for Lots 24 and 25 corner Railway and Congdon Streets from R20 to R60; and to insert associated provisions for the land in Schedule 2: Additional Uses and Schedule 12: Special Provisions.
64 Nov 2016To amend the Scheme Text to introduce some additional discretion in relation to the residential building height controls.

Deemed provisions for Scheme Text

The Planning and Development Act (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 came into operation on 19 October 2015. Schedule 2 - Deemed provisions for local planning schemes of the Regulations is a set of mandatory provisions containing standardised procedures for all local planning schemes. The deemed provisions now form part of, and are to be read in conjunction with, the existing Scheme Text above. The deemed provisions replace various provisions of the Scheme Text and prevail where there is any inconsistency, while provisions of the Scheme Text which are not inconsistent with the deemed provisions continue to apply.


Residential Design Codes

The Residential Design Codes (RDC) form part of Local Planning Scheme No. 3, as referred to therein. The RDC is a State Planning Policy applied to all local planning schemes. They are contained in a separate publication as an adjunct to the Scheme.


The Town of Cottesloe has a range of Local Planning Policies that need to be consulted for planning applications. It is the Planning Department's recommendation that the policies are viewed before completing an application.

Design Guidelines

Similar to Policies, Design Guidelines are made in accordance with Schedule 2 - Deemed provisions for local planning schemes of the Planning and Development Act (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. Design Guidelines are for the purposes of:

  • providing more detail to guide the planning and design of development proposals; and
  • providing a basis on which the Council may exercise its discretion on the design aspects of development proposals.

Town and Local Centres Design Guidelines: These guidelines apply to three specific areas of the municipality:

  • The Town Centre (zoned "Town Centre");
  • The Eric Street Local Centre (zoned "Local Centre");
  • The Railway Street Local Centre (zoned "Local Centre").

Restricted Foreshore Centre Zone Design Guidelines for Setbacks: These guidelines prescribe minimum boundary setbacks in the Restricted Foreshore Centre Zone.

Local Laws

The Town of Cottesloe has two Local Laws for consideration when sending in an application for a planning development: Fencing and Signs.