Local Planning Framework

The information below provides guidance and assistance to applicants on the adopted position of the Council on various planning matters. 

Local Planning Scheme No. 5

Local Planning Scheme No. 5 provides zoning information, the categories and use/s of land within each zone and development requirements specific to the municipality of the Town of Port Hedland. Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and associated Scheme Amendments will assist you in determining planning requirements such as the what can be developed on a particular parcel of land, the carparking requirements, advertising of your proposal and the timeframe for processing an application for planning approval.

Structure Plans / Development Plans

Structure Plans provide a framework for the coordinated provision and arrangement of future land use, subdivision and development including the provision of transport networks; public open space; utility and service networks; urban water management; development standards; and community infrastructure and other investment and staging programs.

Residential Design Codes

The purpose of the R-Codes is to provide a comprehensive basis for the control, through local government, of residential development throughout Western Australia. While the document should be read in its entirety, specific common site requirements such as boundary setbacks, minimum site area per dwelling and building heights are listed in the tables at the end of the R-Codes document.

Local Development Plans 

Local development plans are planning tools used to coordinate and assist in achieving better built form outcomes by linking lot design to future development. Local development plans address the differences in urban settings such as streetscape, garage location, solar orientation, landscape, building height and topography.

Local Planning Policies & Design Guidelines

Council Planning Policies are local policies or requirements that are not covered in Town Planning Scheme No. 5 and may target specific development types. These policies should be considered in conjunction with the Scheme, Scheme Amendments and Residential Design Codes prior to making application for a proposed development.

Design Guidelines aim to create a built environment that reflects the distinctive characteristics of a local area, that enhances streetscapes and neighbourhoods and that contributes to the development of vibrant and livable communities.

Heritage Inventory (2017)

The heritage of Port Hedland is rich in history, stories, people and places. The Town's Heritage Inventory (2017) is used for the assessment of development proposals affecting heritage places.