Lodging a development application
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, refer to the development application fact sheet (PDF, 140kB) or contact the City on (08) 9237 9222 to speak to the duty planner.
Prior to lodging a development application all applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with a planning officer to discuss their proposal. Planning officers can assist with advice on what information is required and explain the assessment process. Thirty minute appointments are available between 10am and 12pm, and 2pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact the City on (08) 9237 9222 to book an appointment.
Step 2: Lodgement
The City accepts planning applications in hard copy or lodged online. Click here to lodge your application online.
When lodging an application, please review, fill out and submit the following relevant following forms. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Once an application is formally lodged and receipted, a letter will be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt of the application.
For applications with an approximate cost of $2 million or greater please refer to the Development Assessment Panel page.
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 Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage 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.
Some applications may be referred to the City's Design Review Panel for impartial architectural and design advice. For further information regarding the role of the Design Review Panel please refer the DRP Info sheet (PDF, 140kB) and Terms of Reference (PDF, 132kB).
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 local planning policies and the Residential Design Codes (where applicable). For more information refer to the Town Planning Controls and Policies page.
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 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 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 involves significant variations from the City’s requirements. For more information refer to Local Planning Policy 1.4 Public Consultation for Planning Proposals (PDF, 88KB).