Applying for Development Approval
Step 1: Pre-lodgement
A development application is a formal request for consent to carry out proposed development. Development approval may be required for a change of land use, construction of buildings, erection of signage or demolition.
For further information on which types of proposals require a development approval, contact the Town on (08) 9347 6000 to speak to the duty planner. Prior to lodging a development application all applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Duty Planning Officer to discuss their proposal.
The Duty Planning Officer can assist with advice on what information is required and explain the assessment process. Thirty minute appointments are available from 8.30am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Please contact the Town on (08) 9347 6000 to book an appointment.
Step 2 Lodgement
To apply for development approval you must provide:
- A completed Development Approval Application Form and MRS Form 1(PDF, 6MB)
- A Letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer outlining the proposal and addressing any specific issues (eg. justification for variations to relevant planning standards).
- A completed Development Application Checklist(PDF, 387KB)
- Certificate of Title including site feature survey (refer checklist).
- Payment of the relevant fees. Please note payments for residential applications will not be receipted until the application has been checked to ensure all relevant information has been provided (refer checklist).
- Three scaled copies of plans including one set in A3, with accompanying diagrams showing required information (refer checklist).
- Refer Planning Fees
Step 3 Consultation- internal and external
Public consultation may be undertaken for a period up to twenty-eight days. The application may also be referred to external bodies such as The Heritage Council of WA for comment. Representatives of the Town's building, health and/or infrastructure services will consider the proposal and assess if it meets with the Town's requirements and may suggest changes and/or the imposition of conditions or advisory notes. Some applications may be referred to the Town's Design Review Panel for impartial architectural and design advice.
Step 4: Assessment
Development applications will be assessed by a Planning Officer under the provisions of the Town's local planning scheme, related local planning policies and the Residential Design Codes (where applicable). The period taken to assess individual applications can vary depending on whether or not the application complies with the town planning requirements which can, in turn, determine if an application can be dealt with under delegated authority or is required to be determined at a Council Meeting.
Step 5: Planning officer's report and determination
The Planning Officer will prepare a report making a recommendation for approval or refusal. Development applications may be determined via one of two decision-making processes:
• Direct delegation (in-house)
• Determination by Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting
Step 6: Notification of decision
The applicant and anyone who made a submission regarding the application will be advised of the final decision in writing. Applications are required to be assessed and determined within certain timeframes; however the Town always endeavours to determine applications as soon as possible. The following statutory timeframes are applicable:
• 60 days – no public consultation is required
• 90 days – public consultation is required
Public consultation is generally required where a development proposal includes significant variations from the Town’s requirements. Once lodged and receipted, the application will be acknowledged by a letter/email to the applicant.
If you have any questions please call our Development Assessment team on (08) 9347 6000.