The West Australian government has hustled to introduce and pass reforms representing the state’s biggest-ever planning system overhaul, three years in the making and previously scheduled to take at least another two.

The laws, introduced and passed in just five weeks, could see the time to get a big project off the ground reduced from years to months.

Changes to regulations currently being drafted and due for gazettal in a few weeks will also eliminate costs and headaches for home renovators, with some small projects such as patios and extensions no longer to require planning approvals.

Read the full story including comments from UDIA WA CEO Tanya Steinbeck, here.