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About development applications

Development and land use proposals on properties are required to be assessed and approved via a Planning (Development) Application.

Development Applications are assessed against the City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4, the Residential Design Codes 2010 and relevant Planning Policies.  Further information on these documents can be found on the town planning controls and policies page.

Development approval

Development approval required

Generally, an application for development approval will be required for proposals involving:

  • construction of buildings/dwellings
  • changing the use of a building/premises
  • additions and alterations to existing dwellings
  • non-residential developments
  • non-complying signage (with the city's policy)
  • lapsed development approvals (approvals are valid for two years, after which a new application must be submitted if not substantially commenced)
  • places with heritage significance
  • demolition of buildings
  • non-complying front fencing (with the city's policy)
  • retaining walls (over 500mm in height)
  • excavation in the front setback area (over 500mm).

Development approval may be required

  • Fence alterations.
  • Landscape works.
  • Minor works.
  • Home occupations (businesses conducted from home).

Development approval not required 

  • Dividing fences less than 1.8m above natural ground level behind the front setback line.
  • Internal alterations (a building permit may be required for internal additions) unless the building is heritage listed.

Development approvals must be granted prior to the submission of a Building Permit.

Development Assessment Panel Applications

Visit the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) page for further information with regard to DAP applications. 

Applying for development approval

For information about applying for development approval, including the application form, checklist and schedule of fees, visit the lodging a development application page 

Before lodging an application for development approval you're encouraged to contact Planning Services to arrange an appointment. 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. 

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. The statutory timeframe for the assessment of planning applications, under the Planning and Development Act 2005, is 60 days, or 90 days should notice of the application be required to be sent to neighbours or other organisations.