Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2023 - Significant development pathway Consultation

Closed 17 Nov 2023

Opened 27 Oct 2023


The Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2023 (Bill) facilitates the delivery of the government’s priority planning reforms. The Bill, which proposes various changes to the Planning and Development Act 2005 (Act) to modernise and streamline the planning system and assist with the efficient delivery of housing and other critical infrastructure.

A number of reforms are proposed through the Bill, including the following:

  • Changes to the role and responsibility of local governments in decision making on development applications for single houses. 
  • Creating a permanent pathway for significant development assessment. 
  • Streamlined processes for preparing, amending and rescinding State Planning Policies and Planning Codes. 
  • Reforms of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

To support the changes to the Act, various new regulations, regulation amendments and guidance documents have been developed. This includes: 

You are invited to make a submission on the draft Significant Development Pathway Guide for Applicants.

Late submissions may not be accepted.


  • WA state-wide


  • Development and Construction Industry
  • Peak Bodies
  • Planning and Design Industry