Policies and Guidelines are put into place to guide development of individual sites within the City of Albany and to provide the community with a clear understanding of what the Council aims to achieve on individual development sites. The policies are prepared for the benefit of property owners, developers and the Council, to ensure a consistent approach is taken and to maintain a high quality of development within the City.

Local Planning Policies and Guidelines are an essential supplement to the City’s Local Planning Scheme 1 and they are brought into effect by the provisions of the Scheme.

The City of Albany's Local Planning Policy Manual is divided into the following sections:

  • General Development
  • Residential Development
  • Commercial and Industrial Development
  • General Agriculture, Priority Agriculture and Environment
  • Special Development Control Areas (Residential)
  • Special Development Control Areas (Non Residential)
  • Appendix 1 - Deed of Agreement for Temporary Caravan Accommodation
  • Appendix 2 - Definitions for Albany Historic Town Policy (Residential/Commercial Precinct)

Please check to see if your proposed development is affected by any of these policies to ensure you are aware of any provisions that may apply. Our staff will be happy to help you with an enquiry.

It should be noted that some policies will be adjusted in the near future to comply with the Planning & Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) that came into force on 19 October 2015.

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Council Policy: Planning: Non-Habitable Structures (134KB) View File  OR   Download FileNon-Habitable Structures Policy
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Council Policy: Planning: Signs (168KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the "Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Ancillary Accommodation (106KB) View File  OR   Download FileExtract from Planning Policy Manual LPS1. “Ancillary Accommodation” means self contained dwelling on the same lot as a single house, which may be attached to, integrated with or detached from the Single House (as per Residential Design Codes).
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Council Policy: Planning: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation (168KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. “Bed and Breakfast Accommodation” means a dwelling, used by a resident of the dwelling, to provide accommodation for persons away from their normal place of residence on a short-term commercial basis and includes the provision of breakfast.
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Council Policy: Planning: Significant Tourist Accommodation Sites (3MB) View File  OR   Download FileA total of 32 tourist accommodation sites were identified within the Strategy.
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Council Policy: Planning: Temporary Accommodation (107KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.‘Temporary Caravan Accommodation’ refers to owners of land living for a limited time period, within a caravan at their property where their dwelling is being constructed.
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Council Policy: Planning: Heritage Protection (107KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. “Heritage” - Buildings, structures or places having aesthetic, historic, scientific or social value for past, present or future generations. “Heritage Listed Building” - Buildings that are listed within Council’s Municipal Heritage Inventory, Local Planning Scheme 1 or on the State Heritage Inventory.
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Council Policy: Planning: Public Parkland (1MB) View File  OR   Download FileExtract from Planning Policy Manual LPS1. Council adoption reference: OCM 27/05/2014, Report Item PD032.
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Council Policy: Planning: Domestic Wind Turbines (116KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. “Domestic Wind Turbine” - shall mean any wind energy system that is used to generate electricity for domestic energy consumption.
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Council Policy: Planning: Holiday Accommodation (275KB) View File  OR   Download FileTo encourage good quality, well managed holiday accommodation for use by short-term visitors generally in locations that will enhance the tourism experience while minimising potential impacts on adjoining residents.
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Council Policy: Planning: Residential Building Policy (429KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis Policy is intended to regulate the use and development of ‘Residential Building’s’ as a means to minimize the potential impacts from the development on the character of the immediate neihbourhood.

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Council Policy: Planning: Variations to the Residential Design Codes (104KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure the local topography and built character of a street or suburb is protected by varying an inappropriate element of the Residential Design Codes.
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Council Policy: Planning: Relocated Dwellings (106KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure that relocated (second hand) dwellings are constructed in keeping with the character of existing dwellings in the street.
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Council Policy: Planning: Consulting Rooms, Public Worship & Child Care Centres (103KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure consulting rooms, places of public worship and child care centres are compatible with the existing scale and character of the surrounding residential area and do not affect the amenity of the area through increased traffic movements generated by the use.
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Planning: Development Approval Exemption (136KB) View File  OR   Download FileThe purpose of this policy is to exempt specified development from requiring a development approval where: (a) Development will be on a lot that is zoned 'Future Urban'; (b) An R-Code density has been defined as a component of an endorsed structure plan; and (c) the works satisfy the deemed-to-comply requirements of the R-Codes.

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Council Policy: Planning: Public Art (101KB) View File  OR   Download FileExtract from the Local Planning Scheme No. 1 Policy Manual. Objective: Objective: To develop and promote community identity within the City of Albany by requiring commissioned public art works as part of private development projects within the City of Albany. Adopted OCM 26/08/2014.
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Council Policy: Planning: Building Facades in Industrial Zones (117KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure the industrial building facade facing a public street is constructed to a high standard to improve the overall amenity of industrial areas within the district.

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Council Policy: Planning: Workers Accommodation (Seasonal) (101KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To provide opportunities for transient employees to live and work on General Agriculture and Priority Agriculture zoned properties during seasonal harvest / production when labour demands are at their highest.
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Council Policy: Planning: Extractive Industries and Mining (161KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objective: To protect mineral resources from encroaching developments and support extractive industries and mining operations that do not detract from the environment or adjacent uses.
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Council Policy: Planning: Development in Flood Prone Areas (219KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure development adjacent to water bodies and land prone to flooding is appropriately located and positioned at an established finished floor level to reduce the potential for property damage.
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Council Policy: Planning: Agriculture Protection and Subdivision (265KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To protect existing and potential agricultural production from unjustified urban development and to promote the sustainable use of land and water resources in order to maximise the long term future of agriculture.

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Council Policy: Planning: Residential Development on Steep Sites (192KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To identify alternative height measurements for certain residential areas that have steep slopes and where additional building height would be appropriate in the context of the existing streetscape.
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Council Policy: Planning: Albany Historic Town Design Policy (506KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objectives: 1)ensure that new residential development compliments the townscape character and residential streetscapes of central Albany. 2)ensure that new residences are articulated to break down their perceived bulk relative to the character and scale of adjoining buildings. 3)retain the character of open streetscapes and landscaped breaks between buildings. 4)ensure that new development responds sympathetically to the natural topography and local climatic conditions. 5) ensure that alterations and additions are sympathetic to existing dwellings. 6)encourage a diversity of housing stock to meet changing community needs.
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Council Policy: Planning: Detailed Area Plans (1MB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: To ensure that development on small, rear loaded or unusual lot configurations are designed in a manner that creates a high level of amenity and passive surveillance.
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Council Policy: Planning: Sloping Land (131KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objectives: 1)Encourage a philosophy that discourages the recontouring of land as being the preferred method of undertaking the development of sloping sites.2)Restrict excessive cutting and filling of steeply sloping land and encourage house design sympathetic (split level) to the natural topography. 3)Reduce neighbour conflict by encouraging a reduction in the level of cutting and filling on development sites and the size of the retaining walls that need to be constructed along the common property boundary(s). 4)Promote development that is sensitive to the natural topography and character of Albany. 5)Promote housing designs which complement the slope of the land to reduce the building’s bulk and visual impact.
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Council Policy: Planning: Reflective Roofs-Goode Beach (163KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objectives: 1)To preserve the amenity of urban areas from the potential visual detraction and nuisance of highly reflective roof materials within the locality of Goode Beach.2) To preserve the visual amenity and General Agriculture and Priority Agriculture / scenic character of areas of landscape value from the potential visual detraction of highly reflective roof materials within the locality of Goode Beach. 3)To ensure that highly reflective roof materials are used only where an assessment has been undertaken in relation to the potential visual detraction and nuisance arising from sunlight reflection and glare. 4)To acknowledge the thermal energy efficiency of highly reflective roof materials, however only permit use of such materials where the relative visual impact can be mitigated.
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Council Policy: Planning: The Outlook Estate Bayonet Head (380KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: The objective of this Policy is to assist land owners, designers and architects to prepare building plans that maximise the potential of the lots, particularly the views of Oyster Harbour, integrating the design of the overall development to complement the natural features of the site and protecting the rights and privacy of neighbours.
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Council Policy: Planning: Masonic Hall Design Guidelines (215KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objective: The main objective of this policy is to ensure that future development upon Lots 26, 27 and 28 is sympathetic to the built form of the historic Masonic Hall, through the use of appropriate controls addressing building height, bulk and scale, window orientation, roof pitch, colours and materials.
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Council Policy: Planning: Thomas Street Design Guidelines (215KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual. Objectives: 1)To ensure the location and design of all new development, in terms of building height, bulk, roof shapes, materials, colours and details, is compatible with the existing character and amenity of “Old Surrey” and its environs. 2)To retain the quiet secluded character of Thomas Street by protecting existing trees and vegetation, both within the road reserve and on the subject land.
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Council Policy: Planning: Melville Drive View Corridor (132KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual". Objective: To protect the view from Melville Drive to the Port of Albany and ensure development on Sub Location 122 does not detract from the view.
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Council Policy: Planning: Woodrise Estate Design Guidelines (564KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objectives: The purpose of this Policy is to establish and apply the design guidelines to assist owners, designers and architects in the preparation of building plans and lot layouts that maximise the potential of the lots, without unduly encroaching on the rights and privacy of neighbours.
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Council Policy: Planning: Lot 100 Grey Street East (2MB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objective: 1) Provide a set of guidelines for the proposed 4 Lots that adhere with the intent of the Albany Historic Town Design Policy. 2) Provide certainty to anyone wanting to develop any of the sites. 3) Are appropriate for these particular sites. 4) Facilitates development of the sites to ensure the current streetscape is complemented. 5) Facilitates development that does not dominate adjacent buildings. 6) Facilitates development that contributes positively to the Rowley St and Grey St East community. 7) Allows development with minimal impact on the existing Rowley St granite boundary retaining wall.
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Council Policy: Planning: Pines Estate Setbacks (102KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objective: To provide guidance on the location and positioning of structures at the pines estate.
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Council Policy: Planning: Frenchman Bay Road Residential Development Area (207KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objective: This Policy has been prepared to provide guidance on subdivision, sizes of outbuildings and positioning of future dwellings.
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Council Policy: Planning: Lake Seppings Drive/Loftie & Wright Street (370KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objective: The objective of this policy is to assist land owners, designers and architects prepare building plans and lot layouts which maximise the potential of the lots, without unduly encroaching on the rights and privacy of neighbours, whilst creating a development of small lots at a medium density.
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Council Policy: Planning: Modification to Subdivision Guide Plans (3MB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.Objectives: To provide for rural residential subdivision and development in a manner that: 1) Minimises adverse impacts on and protects the natural resources of the site including the native flora and fauna and nearby water bodies; 2) Is sympathetic to the picturesque landscape of the Cape Riche locality; 3) Ensures adequate protection of life and property from bush fires; and 4) Capitalises on the visual and other physical attributes of the site.
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Council Policy: Planning: Catalina - Outline Development Plan (521KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the "Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Kalgan Rural Village Structure Plan (EXTRACT) (416KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Interim Outline Development Plan - Bayonet Head (240KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Brooks Garden - Outline Development Plan (745KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Outline Development Plan - Morgan Place (393KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual, adopted OCM 26/08/2014.
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Council Policy: Planning: Conceptual District Structure Plan (430KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual, adopted OCM 26/08/2014. Objective: To provide a progressive framework for coordinated growth of the City.

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Council Policy: Planning: Barker Road Industrial Area (313KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Richard Street Light Industrial Area (136KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Down Road Timber Processing Precinct (198KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Albany Town Centre (1MB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Albany Waterfront (134KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Centennial Park Redevelopment Area (177KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Neighbourhood Centres (498KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Middleton Beach Tourist Precinct (393KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Woolstores Redevelopment Site (192KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Emu Point and Big Grove Village Centres (138KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Council Policy: Planning: Frenchman Bay Tourist Development Site (322KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis document is an extract of the Local Planning Scheme No 1 Policy Manual.
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Planning: Cheyne Beach Planning Policy (311KB) View File  OR   Download FileThe objectives of this Policy are to : 1. Maintain Cheyne Beach as a small coastal holiday and fishing settlement; and 2. Provide guidance to both Council and leaseholders as to appropriate forms of development to ensure existing characteristics are protected and maintained.