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Undertaking most forms of development in the City requires planning approval, in accordance with the provisions of the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2. Planning approval is required for developments such as:
- Any residential development (alterations and additions) on a strata or grouped dwelling site
- Building Height Envelope Projection on any residential site
- Ancillary Dwelling (Granny Flat)
- Aged or Dependent Person’s Dwelling
- Sign Applications
- Masts and antennas (including satellite dishes) where this exceeds the City's Policy
- A change of land use from one use to another (for example, from an office to a shop).
Some exemptions to this requirement are set out in the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2, the most notable of these being a Single House development that complies with all relevant requirements (such as the Residential Design Codes). Home business activities may also require planning approval. Please refer to the information included under Home Business.
All applications require the following information and items to be submitted in accordance with the relevant Planning Application Checklist:
- A signed copy of the Development (Planning) Application Checklist confirming that the application is complete
- A completed Application for Approval to Commence Development Form - MRS Form 1. The form must be signed by the owner/s of the property in ink
- The planning application fee (refer to the City's Schedule of Planning Fees and Charges)
- One copy each of site, floor and elevation plans at a scale of 1:200 or 1:100 (please refer to the relevant checklist for the detail required to be shown on these plans)
- Where plans have been created electronically, an electronic copy of the plans, preferably saved to a compact disc (CD)
- Details of the proposed development and written justification addressing any aspects of the development that require the City to undertake an assessment against the design principles of the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia, or where the proposed development does not meet the requirements of the City's District Planning Scheme No. 2, a Local Structure Plan, or a Local Planning Policy
- Comments from affected adjoining property owners and occupants (strongly recommended).
You will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application shortly after submission. This letter is sent after a preliminary check of the application is completed, and as such, may include a request for additional information or details. Further information may also be requested by the assessing Urban Planner as part of a more detailed assessment process.
Whilst most applications are able to be determined by City Officers under delegated authority, applicants are advised that some applications may need to be referred to Council for determination. You will be notified by the Urban Planner after a full assessment has been completed if your proposal requires determination by Council.
The majority of residential developments are required to comply with the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes). However, in certain parts of the City, such as areas subject to Structure Plans or the City Centre, other development standards may apply.
Planning approval requirements for single dwellings
In addition to a building permit, planning approval may also be required for a single house where:
- City discretion is required under the Residential Design Codes (e.g. reduced setbacks).
- The proposal is not in accordance with either the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2, a Structure Plan, or a Policy (eg. height of buildings in residential areas).
The Applicant will also be requested to supply justification for proposed variations to the applicable standards.
If you are seeking approval for a development, which seeks variations to District Planning Scheme No. 2, or an agreed structure plan, or an assessment against the design principles under the Residential Design Codes, your application may need to be advertised for public comment. This may include the City seeking comments by way of contacting adjoining owners and occupiers, a sign on the development site, and/or a notice in the local newspaper. The Urban Planner assessing your application will advise you of any advertising requirements.
Please view Planning Schedule of Fees. Fees must accompany applications or they will not be accepted.
For further information please contact the City on 9400 4460.