Beaufort Street Jump Start


Beaufort Street has always been a unique and popular area that offers a diverse range of independent businesses and a creative edge over large-scale shopping centres and we plan to keep it that way!

The City of Vincent is actively working to breathe new life back into the strip through a number of exciting projects and initiatives.

Here are some of the projects and initiatives we are implementing to help jump start Beaufort Street.

To stay in touch with all things Beaufort Street subscribe to this page.


Vacancy Project

A joint initiative between the City of Vincent and the City of Stirling, the Vacancy Project aims to increase activation and bring back visitors to Beaufort Street throughout the day.

The project will match short-term tenants with vacant commercial tenancies, while still allowing managing agents and land owners to list their properties for lease.

This is a great opportunity to work with landowners and encourage creative industries, independent local businesses, social enterprises and co-working spaces to take up short-term tenancies in the area. We hope some will stay on after giving things a go.

If you would like to be considered for one of these pop-up opportunities, please register your interest here. Our project consultant will consider all requests when the project reaches that stage.

Where it’s at: we have engaged Element WA to curate the vacancies and liaise with commercial agents, property owners and pop-up tenants.


Cutting Red Tape: 12 month amnesty on Change of Use Applications

Beaufort Street is open for business! We’re making it easier for new businesses to fill vacant spaces on Beaufort Street, with Council providing a 12 month amnesty on Change of Use applications.

This helps to cut red tape and allows new businesses on Beaufort (between Walcott and Bulwer Streets) to move in and get started straight away, without having to apply for approval to change the approved use for 12 months.

There are some approvals that we can’t change, such as State heath and building requirements, but we do have discretion around Changes of Use, which can take up to 90 days to be approved

For more information, or to discuss a change of use for your business, contact the City’s Planning Services team on 9273 6000.

Where it’s at: Council approved the amendment at the 23 July Council meeting. The amnesty runs until 23 July 2020. Each new business will be given a full 12 months grace on the Change of Use applications regardless of when they apply within the coming year.


Creative Lighting upgrades

We’ll be installing ambient lighting at key locations within the Mount Lawley/Highgate Town Centre, to beautify and increase safety in the area.

The first lighting upgrade will be to the Beaufort Street art sign at the Barlee Street car park. Further upgrades will be announced over the coming year, so watch this space for updates!

Where it's at: we are currently seeking quotes to undertake the works and light up the town.


Mount Lawley/Highgate Place Plan

We have five vibrant and thriving Town Centres within the City of Vincent, each offering their own unique offering of businesses, services and character.

Our Town Centre Place Plans help guide the allocation of funding and resources within these Town Centres.

We have already developed the Place Plans for the North Perth and Mount Hawthorn Town Centres and Mount Lawley/Highgate is next!

Where it's at: we will kick off the development of the Mount Lawley/Highgate Town Centre Place Plan once our Vacancy Project has been significantly progressed (around December). We will be undertaking community consultation soon, so watch this space.


Events & Activations

We are developing an activation calendar for the City's open spaces for the coming year and the Mary Street Piazza will be a significant part of this plan. We are currently talking with many organisations about exciting events on the street. Mary Street Piazza is also available free, without a booking fee, for community events.

We have also approved $30,000 in event funding for the Beaufort Street Network in 2019/20.

Where it's at: follow us on Facebook or Beaufort Street Facebook page for event updates and details.


Get involved to help jump start Beaufort Street!

There are many ways you can get involved and help jump start Beaufort Street:

  • Shop, eat and drink local and support our Beaufort Street businesses
  • Join your local Town Team – Beaufort Street Network
  • Share your thoughts and ideas on how the City can better support Beaufort Street via our feedback form below
  • Hold your next event at a local Beaufort Street business or the Mary Street Piazza
  • Subscribe to this page and keep up-to-date will all things Beaufort Street via the project updates tool at the top right of this page.

Beaufort Street has always been a unique and popular area that offers a diverse range of independent businesses and a creative edge over large-scale shopping centres and we plan to keep it that way!

The City of Vincent is actively working to breathe new life back into the strip through a number of exciting projects and initiatives.

Here are some of the projects and initiatives we are implementing to help jump start Beaufort Street.

To stay in touch with all things Beaufort Street subscribe to this page.


Vacancy Project

A joint initiative between the City of Vincent and the City of Stirling, the Vacancy Project aims to increase activation and bring back visitors to Beaufort Street throughout the day.

The project will match short-term tenants with vacant commercial tenancies, while still allowing managing agents and land owners to list their properties for lease.

This is a great opportunity to work with landowners and encourage creative industries, independent local businesses, social enterprises and co-working spaces to take up short-term tenancies in the area. We hope some will stay on after giving things a go.

If you would like to be considered for one of these pop-up opportunities, please register your interest here. Our project consultant will consider all requests when the project reaches that stage.

Where it’s at: we have engaged Element WA to curate the vacancies and liaise with commercial agents, property owners and pop-up tenants.


Cutting Red Tape: 12 month amnesty on Change of Use Applications

Beaufort Street is open for business! We’re making it easier for new businesses to fill vacant spaces on Beaufort Street, with Council providing a 12 month amnesty on Change of Use applications.

This helps to cut red tape and allows new businesses on Beaufort (between Walcott and Bulwer Streets) to move in and get started straight away, without having to apply for approval to change the approved use for 12 months.

There are some approvals that we can’t change, such as State heath and building requirements, but we do have discretion around Changes of Use, which can take up to 90 days to be approved

For more information, or to discuss a change of use for your business, contact the City’s Planning Services team on 9273 6000.

Where it’s at: Council approved the amendment at the 23 July Council meeting. The amnesty runs until 23 July 2020. Each new business will be given a full 12 months grace on the Change of Use applications regardless of when they apply within the coming year.


Creative Lighting upgrades

We’ll be installing ambient lighting at key locations within the Mount Lawley/Highgate Town Centre, to beautify and increase safety in the area.

The first lighting upgrade will be to the Beaufort Street art sign at the Barlee Street car park. Further upgrades will be announced over the coming year, so watch this space for updates!

Where it's at: we are currently seeking quotes to undertake the works and light up the town.


Mount Lawley/Highgate Place Plan

We have five vibrant and thriving Town Centres within the City of Vincent, each offering their own unique offering of businesses, services and character.

Our Town Centre Place Plans help guide the allocation of funding and resources within these Town Centres.

We have already developed the Place Plans for the North Perth and Mount Hawthorn Town Centres and Mount Lawley/Highgate is next!

Where it's at: we will kick off the development of the Mount Lawley/Highgate Town Centre Place Plan once our Vacancy Project has been significantly progressed (around December). We will be undertaking community consultation soon, so watch this space.


Events & Activations

We are developing an activation calendar for the City's open spaces for the coming year and the Mary Street Piazza will be a significant part of this plan. We are currently talking with many organisations about exciting events on the street. Mary Street Piazza is also available free, without a booking fee, for community events.

We have also approved $30,000 in event funding for the Beaufort Street Network in 2019/20.

Where it's at: follow us on Facebook or Beaufort Street Facebook page for event updates and details.


Get involved to help jump start Beaufort Street!

There are many ways you can get involved and help jump start Beaufort Street:

  • Shop, eat and drink local and support our Beaufort Street businesses
  • Join your local Town Team – Beaufort Street Network
  • Share your thoughts and ideas on how the City can better support Beaufort Street via our feedback form below
  • Hold your next event at a local Beaufort Street business or the Mary Street Piazza
  • Subscribe to this page and keep up-to-date will all things Beaufort Street via the project updates tool at the top right of this page.