About Residential Design Codes

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) is a State Planning Policy. The R-Codes aim to enhance the amenity of the community. 

Do I need approval?

If a building's design doesn't meet the R-Codes, a variation can be applied for.

Where a proposed design impacts a neighbour, they may need to be consulted. The consultation is for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Apply for Residential Design Code variation

Options for submitting an application are as follows:

1) Submit an RDCV application prior to lodging a building application, where the applicant has identified the proposed works contains a variation to the Residential Design Codes.

2) Lodge a building permit application prior to submitting an RDCV application. The City’s assessing Building Surveyor will determine if the proposed works are non-compliant with the Residential Design Codes. At this stage of the process, the applicant can choose to:

               a) Amend the proposed works in compliance with the Residential Design Codes and submit amended plans or information to the City.

               b) Alternatively, the applicant can continue with the original proposed works and submit an RDCV application with the applicable fee.

Please note, the minimum application requirements to submit an RDCV, in accordance with clauses 3.3.1 & 3.2 of the Residential Design Codes, are as follows:

1) A completed RDCV application form 

2) Identification of all design elements that are not deemed to comply 

3) Written justification as to how the application / proposal meets the design principles and objectives of the R-Code Volume 1, plus any relevant scheme and local planning policy objectives and requirements.

4) A site plan and elevations

5) Payment of the applicable application fee on submission, please see Building Services’ ‘Fees Schedule’ information sheet for detailed fees. Please note, the application assessment fee will be non-refundable should the RDCV be determined by the City as not required.

Applications can be submitted as follows:

An application can be lodged via post, in person or by emailing to info@armadale.wa.gov.au

More information

For further information, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website. 

Page Last Reviewed 18 October 2023