Lodging a development application
This page outlines the process associated with lodging a development application and how it is assessed.
Step 1: Pre-lodgement consultation
All applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with a planning officer to discuss their development proposal prior to lodgement. Planning officers can assist with advice on what information is required and explain the assessment process. Thirty minute appointments are available from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact the city on (08) 9237 9228 to book an appointment.
Step 2: Lodgement
When lodging an application, please review, fill out and submit the relevant following forms. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Please note that the 'Application for Development Approval' and 'Development Application Checklist' documents can be completed electronically.
Once an application is lodged and receipted, a letter will be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt of the application.
You are able to lodge your application in hardcopy form or online. To lodge your application online, click here.
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 Office of WA for comment.
Representatives of the city's building, environmental health, field services (rangers), infrastructure services, parks services and community development will consider the proposal and assess if it meets with the city's requirements and may suggest changes and/or the imposition of conditions or advisory notes.
Step 4: Assessment
Development applications will be assessed by a planning officer under the provisions of the city's Town Planning Scheme No. 4, related town planning policies and the Residential Design Codes 2013 (where applicable).
The period taken to assess individual applications can vary depending on whether or not the application complies with the requirements of Town Planning Scheme No. 4 and relevant policies which can, in turn, determine if an application can be dealt with under delegated authority or is required to be determined at a Committee or 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)
- Development and Community Services Committee comprising of members of the council.
Step 6: Notification of decision
The applicant will be advised of the final decision in writing.
Applications are required to be assessed and determined within certain timeframes; however the city 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 city’s requirements. For more information refer to Local Planning Policy 1.4 Public Consultation for Planning Proposals.