It is the University of WA's most treasured building but walk across Winthrop Hall and you will cross a local government boundary.
Part of the 80-year-old hall is in the City of Subiaco, while the other part is in the City of Perth. The campus also straddles the City of Nedlands, requiring the university to consult three planning bodies.
UWA vice-chancellor Paul Johnson said the situation was inefficient and costly and was hampering the university's bid to become one of the world's top 50 universities by 2050.
He has backed a recommendation in the metropolitan local government review for the State Government to take responsibility for universities, hospitals and airports away from local government.
"Each local authority has its own approach . . . so we have to go through a process of accommodating those different interests," Professor Johnson said.
"It means that doing anything becomes slower and more costly."