Town Planning

The broad objective for town planning in the Town of East Fremantle is to provide for the current and future needs of the community in a sustainable manner. This is achieved through the application of strategic planning and development control functions by the Council.

Strategic planning involves the analysis of issues and the development of policy and statutory documents which influence the activities of residents, the business community and government agencies now and in the future.

When Do I Need Development Approval?

Please click on this link for more information about developments requiring approval.

Current Proposals Open for Comment 

The Town of East Fremantle’s Town Planning Department carries out consultation of Development Applications, Scheme Amendments and other proposals that may affect owners, residents and the community in general and therefore advertises the proposals received as per the requirements of our Local Planning Scheme No. 3. 

A new initiative introduced by the Town also allows for current development applications to be available and advertised on the website, in conjunction with notification via a newspaper advertisement, sign on site or via a letter.

Current developments applications available for comment are listed here

If you would like to make a submission on an advertised application, please do so in writing and submit prior to the advertising closing date which is stated in the details of each development application listed.

If you have any concerns regarding making a submission, viewing of plans please contact the Town's Planning Services on (08) 9339 9339.

Local Planning Scheme

Local Planning Scheme No. 3

For a copy of the Town's Local Planning Scheme No. 3 please click here and follow the link on the Department of Planning website.

Application for Development (Planning) Approval

Application for Development Approval Form

Additional Information for Development Approval for Advertisements

Planning Application Checklist (December 2019)

Request for Copies of Plans

Development Fee Calculators (as from 1 July 2019)

Planning & Building Fee Calculator (Excel) Sept 19

Unauthorised Works Calculator

Local Planning Policies

3.1.1 Residential Design Guidelines (Former Policy 152) Amended 17 May 2016

3.1.2 Sign Policy (Former Policy 3.1.3)

3.1.3 Town Centre Redevelopment Guidelines (Former Policy 3.1.4)

3.1.4 George Street Parking Policy (Former Policy 3.1.5)

3.1.5 Community Design Advisory Committee (Former Policy 3.1.6)

3.1.6 George Street Designated Heritage Area

3.1.7 Wood Encouragement Policy - Council 

3.1.8 Wood Encouragement Policy - General 

3.1.9 Percent for Art Policy 


Municipal Heritage Inventory

The Town of East Fremantle's list of heritage places has been established for many years and has periodically undergone review.  This list is referred to as the Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI). The MHI assists the Town in managing new developments as well as preserving and adapting significant heritage places for the benefit of East Fremantle as a whole.  The MHI does not prevent progress from occurring but rather gives the Town a heritage context in which new Development Applications are considered.

During the course of 2014/15, the Town of East Fremantle's MHI was reviewed.  The purpose of this review was to ensure that all places of heritage significance have been identified within the Town and that places with demolition approval are removed from the MHI.  Following consultation with landowners and occupiers, a revised MHI was adopted by the Council.  The revised MHI has provided the basis for updates and additions to the Local Planning Scheme - Heritage List.

Town Planning Scheme - Heritage List

The Town recognises the importance of protecting places of cultural heritage significance as a way to enhance the Town’s sense of identity and preserve its history for future generations.

The Town’s Heritage List forms part of the Town of East Fremantle Local Planning Scheme No. 3 and identifies properties that are of cultural heritage significance and considered worthy of protection.  In 2014 Council resolved that properties categorised as ‘A’ and ‘B’ be included on the Scheme’s Heritage List and in 2015 the Council determined to formally list these properties in the Planning Scheme.  The finalised Heritage List can be viewed in the attachment below.

Development approval is required for additions and alterations to properties on the Heritage List. The Town’s Planning Officers can assist with any enquiries regarding the heritage listing of a property and whether a heritage impact statement will be required to accompany a development approval application.

George Street Designated Heritage Area

The Town of East Fremantle has adopted a Local Planning Policy 3.1.6 - George Street Designated Heritage Area, which will apply to the properties identified in the Heritage Area as identified on the Heritage Area Map. This is to ensure the heritage value and status of George Street as a distinct group is protected and any future development in the area will now be managed as a cohesive whole under the provisions of the Policy. 

Detailed provisions will address the development requirements of the area for existing and new buildings (such as the Royal George Hotel site) with the aim of protecting this highly valued heritage area. 

Adoption of the George Street Designated Heritage Area is viewed as the beginning of the Town’s intention to progressively investigate the introduction of heritage areas within the Town for future consideration by Council.  

Follow this link to view the map and the LPP 3.1.6  George Street Designated Heritage Area 

State Heritage Register (Heritage Council of WA)

The State Register includes properties that have cultural heritage significance at a state level.  Development approval is also required when developing these properties and any development application received is required to be referred to the State Heritage Office for comment.

The document below also explains the requirements for the management categories for properties on the Heritage List posted below.

Heritage List - LPS No. 3 and Public Places

Heritage FAQ

MHI-Category Management Schedule ABCDE