Planning Controls and Reviews

Amendment 8 to Local Planning Scheme No 3

Amendment 8 to the Town of Cottesloe Local Planning Scheme No.3 - Stirling Highway Rationalisation has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Transport and gazetted on 16 June 2020, in accordance with section 87 of the Planning and Development Act 2005.

This amendment to the Town of Cottesloe Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS 3) is necessitated by Amendment 1210/41 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS), which took effect in January 2017. The purpose of MRS Amendment 1210/41 was to rationalise the ‘Primary Regional Roads’ reserve over Stirling Highway between Nedlands and North Fremantle by removing the existing Primary Regional Road reservation and rezone it to Urban Zone where applicable. The amendment reflects the decision of Council in February 2019, save for minor modifications for the purpose of administrative correctness in addressing and to reflect the request of landowners abutting the reserve whom wished to include their land in the amendment area.

A copy of the Western Australia Government Gazette notice can be accessed from the State Law Publisher website at:

Details of Scheme Amendment 8 are available from the Scheme Amendment report here.

A zoning map of the affected land abutting Stirling Highway can be viewed here.

Proposed Amendments to Local Planning Scheme No 3

Scheme Amendment No.11 to Local Planning Scheme No 3 - John Curtin House

Scheme Amendment No.11 seeks to allow for Short Stay Accommodation and Community Purpose uses at Lot 400 No.24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe. Council at its ordinary meeting held on 28 April 2020 resolved to adopt the proposed amendment, and pass on its decision to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for final determination. Details of Draft Scheme Amendment No.11 and the 26 November 2019 and 28 April 2020 Council Minutes are below:

Local Planning Framework - Town of Cottesloe

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 No 3

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.

Summary of Scheme Amendments:

Amendments to Local Planning Scheme No.3 - Town of Cottesloe

Amendment No.

1 August 2014 New Local Planning Scheme 3
1 24 March 2015 To provide Council with guided discretion for height variations in relation to existing dwellings and heritage buildings as specified in particular provisions.
2 29 May 2015 To 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.
3 14 July 2015 Amend wall height for single storey buildings, so design is not unduly constrained.
4 27 May 2016 Amend the Scheme Text to exclude roof terraces from being counted as open space in residential developments in certain circumstances.
5 27 Oct 2017 To 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.
6 4 Nov 2016 To amend the Scheme Text to introduce some additional discretion in relation to the residential building height controls.
7 13 July 2018 Amending the Scheme Text to refine a particular provision in relation to residential building height in clause 5.3.5 in its second paragraph.
8 16 June 2020 To amend the Scheme Text and Map to reflect Amendment 1210/41 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and enable the Stirling Highway Rationalisation and extend zoning to adjacent land.
9 11 Dec 2019 Amend the Scheme Text to allow for six storey development and insert a new subclause 3(b) under Schedule 15 for Lot 92 Marine Parade, Cottesloe (Seapines Site).
10 29 Nov 2019 Amend the Scheme Text and Map to include an Additional Use of "Medical Centre" for Lot 50 No.36 Eric Street, Cottesloe.
11 To amend the Scheme Text and Map to include an Additional Use of "Short Stay Accommodation" and "Community Purpose" for Lot 400 No.24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe ("John Curtin House").


State Planning Policy 7.3 - Residential Design Codes

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

Cott Village Precinct Plan

The Cott Village Precinct Plan (the Precinct Plan) is a joint project between the Town of Cottesloe and the Shire of Peppermint Grove to create an active, vibrant and well-connected urban village, offering a wide variety of services and a great range of experiences, while respecting Cottesloe Village’s unique character and sense of history.

The formulation of the Precinct Plan will occur in four distinct stages:

Part 1              The study, including research and technical investigations

Part 2              The formulation of an overarching strategic planning framework (the Precinct Plan) and associated local planning policy. The bulk of community and stakeholder engagement will be undertaken during this stage

Part 3              The development of supporting instruments and plans such as a Schedule of Scheme Amendments

Part 4              The development of an Action Plan, including capital works programming

Part 1 is now complete. Initial research was consolidated into a spatial database, which in turn informed draft preliminary design ideas and indicative building heights contained within a draft Precinct Plan for Cott Village.

Draft Cott Village Precinct Plan November 2019

It will inform decision-making on how the Centre will redevelop and function as a social and business community. The bulk of the research undertaken within Part 1 is summarised in four technical reports that form the attachments to the draft Precinct Plan:

The Town is now seeking input and feedback from our community on the draft Precinct Plan to ensure that the best interests of our community are addressed.

Please note that the contents of the draft Precinct Plan are not a recommendation of Council; instead these design ideas are a way for the Town to gain an understanding of community sentiment about the future of Cott Village.

How and when can I have a say?

Advertising for the Draft Cott Village Precinct Plan occurred during late 2019 to 3 May 2020.

Detailed engagement including community work shopping will commence in 2020, so watch this space!

Please note; until recently the Town and Shire have been referring to the Precinct Plan as an Integrated Local Area Plan or ILAP. This name has been updated as ‘Precinct Plan’, as it better reflects recent changes in State Planning Policy, specifically SPP 7.2.

Local Development Plans

Master Plans

Local Planning Policies

The Town of Cottesloe has various Local Planning Policies that need to be consulted for planning applications. It is recommended that the policies are viewed before completing an application.

This Local Planning Policy deals with particular parking matters under Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3) to supplement Scheme provisions.

The Scheme contains certain parking provisions that involve discretion and require a policy to become operative, which this Policy addresses. Other Scheme provisions regarding parking, including any discretion, operate directly as part of the Scheme.

All of the Town's other policies can be accessed from the Policies page here.

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.



On application, the decision of the Town of Cottesloe in relation to any development application or subdivision/strata application may be reviewed by the:State Administrative Tribunal

Level 6, 565 Hay Street (Reception and Counter) PERTH  WA 6000

Review Application Forms (State Administrative Tribunal site)