Amended March 2015
City of Perth | City Planning Scheme No.2
Planning Policy Manual - Section 4.5.1 – Bonus Plot Ratio
Bonus Plot Ratio
11 May 2004
31 October 2006
13 March 2007
30 August 2011
31 July 2012
26 February 2013
17 March 2015
Bonus Plot Ratio
Plot ratio is a measure of development intensity. Bonus plot ratio is an incentive based
mechanism that permits the City to award additional plot ratio, (or floor area), to be
developed on a site in return for the provision of identified benefits.
The awarding of bonus plot ratio presents an opportunity for the City to encourage
development that will assist in realising specific aims and objectives for the future
development of the city as stated in policies and strategies developed by the City, having
particular regard to the City’s Urban Design Framework. Specifically, it is an opportunity for
the City to encourage and facilitate the provision of public facilities and priority land uses and
the conservation of heritage places within the city, which are seen to meet the needs of the
capital city and are desirable and advantageous to its enhancement and enjoyment.
Bonus plot ratio will not be awarded “as of right”. Bonus plot ratio is an award that must be
earned and applicants will be required to demonstrate that the proposed bonus facility,
amenity or use will deliver an identifiable strategic need or benefit and that the proposed
development will be of an appropriate bulk and scale and a standard of architectural and
design quality appropriate within the capital city of the state.
In the case of buildings approved prior to the gazettal of City Planning Scheme No. 2 it may
be possible to gain minor bonus plot ratio to enable internal alterations or enhanced levels of
street level activation.
The Policy has the following objectives:
to encourage the provision of public facilities within private developments in areas where
physical and social environment of the city;
to encourage the protection and conservation of places of cultural heritage significance as
the city to address an identified need which is not being met by the market and which will
assist in creating a living and vibrant capital city;
and activity at street level or enable minor internal alterations above street level.
This Policy shall apply to the areas as identified in the Maximum Bonus Plot Ratio Plan, the
Public Facilities Bonus Plot Ratio Plan, the Heritage Bonus Plot Ratio Plan, the Residential
Bonus Plot Ratio Plan and the Special Residential Bonus Plot Ratio Plan contained within City
Planning Scheme No. 2.