Decoding R-Codes: Key to Property Development Success


houseProperty development in Western Australia requires a thorough understanding of R-Zoning codes. Not only is it an important part of ensuring you are compliant with all regulations, but it also gives you greater assurance of maximum profits through maximised land use.

Experts from Vision One Projects say the key to a lucrative property investment is to choose sites that have the most subdivisible potential, which means R-codes that permit the most number of residences constructed on it.

Decoding the Codes

Authorities implemented the R-codes for better control of residential developments in the state. As the population grows, the demand for dwellings also increases. As a result, the government must establish standards to manage expansions and maintain liveability in WA. Thus, the implementation of R-codes.

For investors, R-codes dictate how many dwellings you can build on a 1-hectare piece of land. R-codes also specify the average and minimum size of houses within the area. For instance, in R20, you may build 20 units per hectare, with every house having an average site area of 450m2 and a minimum site area of 350 m2.

R-codes, however, are more than these figures. Some factors that will affect your decision on the best development sites include the minimum open space requirement, access and parking, type of dwelling, etc. It is best if you will work with a professional property developer with these investment considerations to ensure that you get the most out of your site.

Road to Investment Success

As mentioned, the kind of house you will build on site affects the requirements. R-codes have different regulations for three different types of dwellings: single, grouped, and multiple.

For instance, locations coded less than R30 have minimum site requirements for multiple property developments different from single and grouped residences. Locations that have R30 codes or greater do not have minimum site requirements, instead, maximum plot ratios.

Know that R-codes are not fixed, however, in the sense that they have provisions for certain circumstances. For instance, if you’re developing a piece of land that has an odd-shape, you may apply for approval to change the minimum site area requirement by up to five percent.