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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 page on the City's website or by visiting the Department of Planning website.
Planning Policy Updates
Council has recently 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 come into effect from 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:
- 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), unless the proposed use is permitted in the zone in which the development is located and has no works component that requires development approval.
- Any development within a Bushfire Prone Area with the exception of renovations, alterations, extensions, improvements or repairs to a building; Single House and Ancillary Dwelling development on lots less than 1,100 square metres, and Single Houses and Ancillary Dwellings with a Bushfire Attack Level Assessment (BAL) of BAL-29 or less on lots 1,100 square metres or more.
Some exemptions to this requirement are set out in the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2 and the deemed provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, 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 development approval. Please refer to the information included on the Home Business webpage.
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
- A Bushfire Attack Level Assessment (BAL) and associated information required under State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas.
- A completed Application for Development Approval. The form must be signed by the owner/s of the property in ink
- 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).
Development Application Process
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.
Development approval requirements for single dwellings
In addition to a Building Permit, development approval may also be required for a single house where:
- City discretion is required under the Residential Design Codes (eg. reduced setbacks).
- The proposal is not in accordance with either the City’s District Planning Scheme No. 2, the deemed provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, a Structure Plan, or a Local Planning Policy.
- The lot is 1,100 square metres or more, and has a BAL rating of BAL-40 or BAL-FZ or it is not possible to calculate the BAL.
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 and the deemed provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, 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 4100 or via email.