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The content on this Frequently Asked Questions page is intended to provide general guidance only.
For any specific advice or clarification please contact Planning Services on 9347 6000.
When do I need planning approval?
What’s the difference between planning approval and a building permit and when do I need these?
What should I submit for a planning approval?
What is the general process once a planning application is lodged?
How long does planning assessment normally take?
What’s the process for getting neighbour’s comments on plans?
I need to get a copy of house plans. How do I get these?
How do I find the zoning or R-Code of my property?
What planning precinct is my property located in?
How many dwellings can fit on a lot?
What’s the difference between a single dwelling, grouped dwelling and multiple dwelling?
Can I subdivide my property?
What is the difference between a green title lot, survey strata lot and built strata and who approves these?
Can I have a granny flat on my lot?
Where do I find development standards for residential development?
What are setback areas?
How are street setbacks determined in the case of a corner lot in residential areas?
What is the primary street (front) setback that should apply to my lot?
Are there any structures allowed in the front setback area?
What are secondary street setbacks for a corner lot and what am I allowed to build in this area?
What are the side setbacks that apply to a lot in residential areas?
What are the rear setbacks that apply to a lot in residential areas?
Does the Town allow parapet walls and building on the boundary?
What is the maximum building height for my house?
Are there any rules for roof design or materials?
What are different requirements for carports and garages?
What are the requirements for vehicle access and crossovers?
How many parking bays are required for residential developments?
What are the planning rules for fencing?
What are the rules for dividing fences and what if I have a dispute with a neighbour over a dividing fence?
What are the planning rules for back sheds?
What are the planning rules for patios, pergolas and shade sails?
What are landscaping requirements in the front setback area?
Do I need a planning approval for a swimming pool?
What are the rules for verges?
What does the Endowment Land Acts control?
Where do I find further information on residential development in specific development areas such as Perry Lakes Estate, Ocean Mia or Parkside Walk (Former Nursery Site), St John's Wood?
How do I find out what uses are possible in a certain location?
Where do I find development standards for commercial developments?
What are the parking requirements for commercial developments?
When do I need planning approval for a change of activity in a building (change of use)?
How do I determine the approved use for a commercial use or tenancy?
Do I need planning approval to work from home?
What is the difference between a development standard that is in the Town Planning Scheme versus a Planning Policy?
Why do the Town and Council sometimes approve development that does not meet the specific deemed to comply standards in the R-Codes or Policy standard?
My application is going to a Council Meeting for determination. What is the process?
Where can I find out further information on Town Planning Scheme Amendment 31?
Where can I find out further information on Scheme Amendment 27?
Where can I find further information on Centre Plans the Town is preparing or has undertaken such as the West Leederville Activity Centre Plan?
For further information please contact Planning Services on 08 9347 6000.
Alternatively, the following websites and contact details may help you answer a question you may have:
Department of Planning Website
Phone 08 6551 9000
Phone 08 9273 7373
Phone 1300 489 099