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Planning and Development

One of Western Australia’s most critically important pieces of infrastructure

Fremantle Port is recognised as the State’s key trade gateway and a significant driver of Western Australia’s economy.

Current State Government projects:

Westport Taskforce

The Westport Taskforce is developing a plan to manage WA’s growing freight demands for the next 50 years and beyond. Ports are the gateway for most of the imported goods used in the homes and businesses of all Western Australians. For exporters, it is a vital link to world markets. To ensure the State's future trade needs are met, well-planned port facilities are essential.

Find out more at the Department of Transport's Westport website page.

Swan River Crossings, Fremantle

Main Roads WA is planning to replace the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge and deliver a crossing that considers road, passenger and freight rail and path connectivity across the Swan River. Fremantle Traffic Bridge was built in 1938 as a temporary structure and, has served its function well. However, the bridge's structure has been deteriorating over a number of years and despite extensive strengthening and maintenance works (including a highly disruptive closure in 2016), the bridge needs to be replaced.

Find out more at MRWA's Swan River Crossings website page.

Planning Branch

Postal address:
1 Cliff St, Fremantle

Street address:
1 Cliff St, Fremantle

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 8 9430 3555

Committed to planning in a sustainable way

Planning policies relating to areas of the port are in place and development guidelines are designed to help those preparing development applications and to assist Fremantle Ports in assessing applications.

Planning approvals

Any proposed development within Fremantle Ports’ land and waters (Inner Harbour or Outer Harbour) needs planning approval from Fremantle Ports. Steps to submitting an application for planning approval:

  1. Contact the Planning Branch to discuss your proposal.
  2. See the Planning Guidelines for information on how to apply.
  3. Submit your completed Application for Planning Approval Form and completed Planning Application Checklist.


Planning documents

Planning precincts

Zoom in to click on one of our 9 planning precincts on the map below to find the planning documents relevant to that precinct:

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