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Reducing red tape for new home approvals


​Upcoming changes to planning regulations in Western Australia are expected to improve housing supply and affordability.

Starting on 19 October this year, building and renovation times could be cut by up to two months for planning-compliant homes following a recent gazettal of the new Local Planning Schemes regulations.

Julian Wright, Director Housing Strategy and Policy said that these planning reforms have a direct link to the Affordable Housing Strategy.

“Streamlining Government processes and reducing barriers to the supply and affordability of housing is a key focus of the Aiming Higher action plan, which was released by the Minister in July to guide us towards the new target of 30,000 affordable homes by 2020."

“This and other initiatives under the Minister for Planning’s reform agenda will help to simplify approval processes, which will improve overall housing supply and have a flow on affordability impact,” Julian said.

Minister for Planning John Day has welcomed the move to a uniform approach, saying the new regulations would make it easier for homeowners, small business and industry to obtain building and renovation approvals.

"These regulations will streamline and simplify the planning process to save property and business owners' time and money."

"In many cases the new regulations will save residents up to 60 days when installing a planning compliant patio, carport or granny flat as they remove the need for a Development Application to be submitted to a local government."

Likewise, renovating or constructing a new planning compliant single house will no longer require approval, and small to medium sized businesses won't have to seek approval to change a property from one permitted use to another.

"This is a major reform that, for the first time, will introduce a consistent planning process across all schemes. These initiatives are a key part of the most comprehensive planning reform ever undertaken in WA," Minister Day said.

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