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State Government Bushfire Reforms
The State Government's bushfire reforms are now in full effect introducing new requirements for people intending to build in designated bushfire prone areas identified by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new requirements apply to certain types of development and set out additional criteria to assess a property's bushfire risk within these areas. Further information can be obtained on the Bushfire Regulations web page or by visiting the Department of Planning website.
Planning Policy Updates
Council has adopted a Residential Development Local Planning Policy and Height of Non-Residential Buildings Local Planning Policy, and revoked the Height and Scale of Buildings Within Residential areas Policy and Height of Buildings within the Coastal Area (Non-Residential) Policy. The new policies will came into effect on 14 January 2016. Please refer to Local Housing Strategy for an update on the implementation of the strategy.
Undertaking most forms of development in the City requires development approval, in accordance with the provisions of the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2 and the deemed provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. Development approval is required for developments such as:
- Single House where the development:
a. Does not satisfy the City's District Planning Scheme No. 2, deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes or the replacement requirements of the City's Residential Development Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable Structure Plan, or other Local Planning Policy; or
b. Is located on a lot greater than 1,100 square metres within a Bushfire Prone Area and on land with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating of BAL-40 or BAL-FZ (subject to the requirements of State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, (SPP3.7). Refer to the City's Bushfire Regulations webpage.
- Outbuilding, patio, carport, garage, boundary wall/fence, retaining wall, pergola, veranda, external fixture or additions to an ancillary dwelling on the same lot as an approve single house or grouped dwelling where the development does not satisfy the City's District Planning Scheme No. 2, deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes, the City's Residential Development Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable Structure Plan or Local Planning Policy. Note: if all requirements are met then the above forms of development are exempt from the requirement to obtain development approval.
- Ancillary dwelling
- New Grouped Dwelling developments
- Multiple Dwellings and any associated development
- Aged or Dependent Person's Dwelling and any associated development
- Bed and Breakfast - refer to Bed and Breakfast webpage
- Home Business (Category 2 or 3) - refer to Home Business webpage
- Construction of and additions to non-residential buildings
- Masts and antennas (including satellite dishes) where the requirements of the City's Satellite Dishes, Aerials, and Radio Equipment Policy are not met.
- A change of land use from one use to another (for example, from an office to a shop), unless the proposed use is permitted in the zone in which the development is located and has no works component that requires development approval.
Please view the Planning Schedule of Fees.
Development Application requirements
All applications require the following information and items to be submitted in accordance with the relevant Development Application Checklist:
- A signed copy of the Development Application Checklist confirming that the application is complete
- Where the development is located within a Bushfire Prone Area, a Bushfire Attack Level Assessment (BAL) and associated information required under State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, (SPP 3.7), (subject to those exemptions under SPP3.7 and detailed in WAPC Planning Bulletin 111). Refer to the City's Bushfire Regulations webpage.
- A completed Application for Development Approval. The form must be signed by the owner/s of the property
- The development application fee. Please 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, the deemed provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, a Local Structure Plan, or a Local Planning Policy
- Adjoining Property Owners and Occupants Comment Form (strongly recommended).
Lodging a Development Application
A development application can be lodged online, in person or by post. Prior to the application being accepted by the City it will be checked to ensure all necessary information has been provided. If any further information is required prior to the City accepting the application, the applicant will be notified of the required information.
If your application is considered complete and is accepted, further plans and/or information may need to be requested following a detailed planning assessment prior to the City being able to determine the application.
Please refer to the City's e-applications service.
You can lodge an application over the counter at the City of Joondalup Administration Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.
You can lodge an application via post to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.
Development Application Process
If your application has been lodged online, or no payment was made at the time of lodgement, an invoice will be emailed to the applicant providing details for payment. The processing of your application will not commence until all fees have been paid in full.
Following payment of your application fee you will receive an email or letter acknowledging receipt of your application. This 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 City as part of a more detailed assessment process.
Whilst most of the 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. Generally, applications for single houses, grouped dwellings and associated development will not require determination by Council. You will be notified by the City after a full assessment has been completed if your proposal requires determination by Council.
The City endeavours to assess all applications in a timely manner. Depending on the complexity of your application, and if additional information is required during the assessment, the timeframe to process an application will vary. To assist in enabling the City to process applications as quickly as possible it is necessary to ensure all relevant information is provided at the time of lodgement, and additional information required through the assessment are provided promptly.
Please note that the City has 60 days to process a development application where no consultation is required, and 90 days if any consultation is necessary. These timeframes may be extended where agreement from the applicant has been obtained.
The City encourages land owners and/or applicants to discuss proposals with neighbours that may be affected by a development prior to submitting an application with the City. It is strongly recommended that an application includes comments and signed plans from the owner(s) and occupier(s) of adjoining lot(s) if the proposed development has the potential to impact on that (those) property(ies). This will assist in minimising the amount of time taken to process your application.
If an application requires the exercise of discretion and neighbours comments have not been received as part of the application, the City may need to advertise the application for public comment. Consultation for residential development generally consists of a letter to adjoining land owner(s)/occupier(s) notifying of the development and providing 14 days to view plans and comment on the proposal.
Larger residential developments may also need to be advertised by way of a sign on the development site, and/or a notice in the local newspaper and website.
Once an application has been lodged and a preliminary assessment undertaken, the City will advise you of any consultation requirements.
In addition to a development application being required, a building permit may also need to be obtained prior to commencing works. For further information please refer to Building, or contact the City on 9400 4961 or via email.
For further information on development application requirements please contact the City on 9400 4100 or via email.