Proposed chalet and tiny house policies

Published on Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 11:43:15 AM

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 19 December 2023, Council endorsed for public comment two crucial policies aimed at enhancing sustainable development and promoting responsible housing options within the Shire of Ravensthorpe. 

The draft Chalet Policy outlines regulations and guidelines for the establishment and operation of chalets within the Shire of Ravensthorpe in areas zoned as Rural.

Chalets are often sought after for tourism and short-term accommodation and have the potential to play a significant role in the local economy. The policy seeks to strike a balance between encouraging tourism and preserving the natural beauty and character of the region, as well as ensuring the amenity of our rural land. It addresses issues such as building standards, environmental impact, and community engagement to ensure responsible and sustainable chalet development.  

In addition to the draft Chalet Policy, Council also endorsed the draft Tiny Houses Policy.

Recognising the growing interest in alternative and compact housing solutions, the policy aims to provide a framework for the establishment and regulation of tiny houses within the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

Tiny houses have gained popularity for their minimal environmental footprint and affordability, making them an attractive option for those looking to downsize or live more sustainably. 


Both policies underscore Council's commitment to proactive and responsible urban planning, ensuring that development aligns with the community's values and aspirations.

The public comment period starts on Thursday 21 December 2023 and concludes on Thursday 1 February 2024.  

Shire President Tom Major said the two polices are a positive for the Shire and he welcomes all in the community to have their say.  

“Given that there is a nationwide housing crisis and cost of living squeeze, this is a good affordable option for people to put a roof over their head in our Shire,” he said.  

“We’re committed to growing the region and while we think this is something current residents could benefit from, it might also attract people to move here.” 

Now open for public comment

Draft Chalet Policy

Draft Tiny Houses Policy

During the public comment period, residents can view copies of the draft policies at both Shire of Ravensthorpe offices in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. 

Submissions must be in writing by 5.00pm, Thursday 1 February 2024.


Via post: 

Natalie Bell

Shire of Ravensthorpe

PO Box 43

Ravensthorpe WA 6346 

Or dropped off in person at each Shire of Ravensthorpe office.


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