Lodging a development application
The City's Administration Centre has now reopened to the public and the Planning Services team are available for in-person appointments. Please call the City on (08) 9237 9222 to book an appointment.
It is recommended that all Development Applications are still lodged through the online lodgement portal.
Step 1: Pre-lodgement
A Development Application (DA) is a formal request for consent to carry out proposed development. It is sometimes referred to as a planning application or application for planning/development approval. 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 pre-lodgement 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 1.30pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact the City on 9237 9222 to book an appointment. Walk-in and same-day appointments are not available.
Step 2: Lodgement
The most efficient method for lodging development applications is through the City's online lodgement portal.
When lodging an application, please review, complete and submit the following relevant following forms. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Once an application is formally lodged and receipted, an email will be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt of the application.
For applications with an approximate cost of $2 million or greater, refer to the Development Assessment Panel page.
Step 3: Consultation – internal and external
Public consultation may be undertaken for a period of 14 or 28 days. 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 7.3 Public Consultation for Planning Proposals.
Some applications may also be referred to external bodies for comment, such as the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or Main Roads.
Representatives of the City's Building, Environmental Health, Compliance, Transport & Infrastructure Development, Parks, Economic Development & Place and Community Development departments will consider the proposal, 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 more information regarding the role and operation of the Panel, refer to Local Planning Policy 7.1 Design Review Panel.
Step 4: Assessment
Development applications will be assessed by a planning officer under the provisions of Local Planning Scheme No. 5, relevant local planning policies and the Residential Design Codes (where applicable). For more information refer to the Local 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 the local plannng scheme 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 in a timely and efficient manner. The following statutory timeframes are applicable:
- 60 days – no public consultation is required
- 90 days – public consultation is required