Establishing or expanding a brewery in WA

Page last updated: Thursday, 23 March 2023 - 12:33pm

There are several key principles that must be considered when constructing a new, or expanding an existing, brewery in Western Australia.

Design considerations

  • Surface water protection. This is achieved by catching and containing wastewater from the brewery.

  • Groundwater protection. Constructing an impermeable liner under wastewater infrastructure is the most effective way to protect groundwater.

  • Clearing. If clearing is necessary in establishing or expanding a cattle feedlot, please visit the WA State Government website for more information.

Regulatory obligations

  • Breweries of any size need to seek planning approval through their Shire/City. To understand the requirements of planning approval for your shire, it is recommended that you speak to the Planning Officer (or CEO) as early as possible.

Industry guidelines and additional resources

The brewery industry has seen significant, recent growth in WA. Currently, there are no guidelines that outline acceptable siting, design and operating standards.

Agribusiness Development is working on guidelines for the brewing industry to assist brewers establish or expand, including for planning, and wastewater and environmental management.

Key contacts

The following are valuable points of contact within the brewery industry:

For further information or advice, please contact Agribusiness Development at