12 Campbell Drive, Hillarys – Single House (balcony addition)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

All residential development in the City of Joondalup is required to meet the requirements of the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes) and the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy. Both are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

  • Reduced privacy setback (balcony).

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Wednesday 13 July 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

Final Approval to City of Joondalup Local Planning Scheme No. 3 Amendment No. 9

It is hereby notified for public information, in accordance with section 87(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2005 that the Minister for Planning approved the City of Joondalup Local Planning Scheme Amendment No. 9 on Thursday 9 June 2022 for the purpose of rezoning the land within the Camberwarra Local Structure Plan from ‘Urban Development’ to the ‘Residential’ zone and the ‘Public Open Space’ and ‘Local Road’ reserves and applying the ‘R30’, ‘R40’, ‘R50’ and ‘R60’ residential density codes.

A notice to this effect was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 17 June 2022.

The Camberwarra Local Structure Plan is also revoked as a result of the approval of Amendment No. 9.

Draft Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy

The City is seeking feedback on proposed draft Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy.

Why was a Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy developed?

In February 2021, amendments to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (LPS Regulations) came into effect as part of the State Government’s reform of the planning system.  The amendments included the exemption from the need to obtain development (planning) approval for several types of minor development, where specific conditions are met.

Given the changes to the LPS Regulations and the City’s existing policies related to minor development, it was considered appropriate to develop a new policy to address minor residential development.

What does the Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy propose?

The draft Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy:

  • provides development objectives for the minor residential development that is listed in the draft policy;
  • includes criteria to assess applications for minor residential development where the development does not meet the exemption conditions in the LPS Regulations; and
  • consolidates several existing policies that address minor development into one policy, including the existing cubby house, satellite dishes/aerial, and sea container policies.

How do I make a submission?

Submissions can be made using the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below (preferred), via an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. All submissions must be in writing and include your full name and address.

What happens after I make a submission?

After the close of the advertising period, the proposal and the submissions received will be considered at a future Council meeting. If you choose to make a submission and elect to be kept informed on the progress of the application, you will be notified of the Council meeting date when confirmed.

Council will make a determination on whether to proceed with the draft policy with or without modifications, or not proceed with the draft policy.

Where can I get more information?

The draft Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy can be viewed below.

A report on the proposal was presented to Council on 17 May 2022 outlining the draft policy and reasons for the policy and is available here.

When does the consultation period close?

Submissions will be accepted: 16 June 2022 to 7 July 2022.

Draft Minor Residential Development Local Planning Policy

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Proposed Amendments to the Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy

The City is proposing amendments to the Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy and you are invited to comment on the proposal.

What are the proposed amendments to the Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy?

It is proposed to amend the policy to align with changes made to the way consultation can be undertaken in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (LPS Regulations) and provide clarification on consultation for development applications that do not require approval under the local planning scheme. The proposed amendments include:

  • modifications in response to changes to the LPS Regulations, being:
    • a new designation of certain types of development applications as ‘complex’, with greater consultation requirements, including a 28 day consultation period.
    • development applications that are not designated ‘complex’ being advertised for a period of 14 days, being the maximum permitted.
    • aligning the wording for consultation over the Christmas and Easter holiday period with the LPS Regulations, adding additional time for comments to be made on consultation over these periods.
    • increasing the consultation period for structure plans to 42 days.
    • removing the requirements for notification on the City/Library noticeboards for strategic proposals.
    • amending the requirement for a notice in the local newspaper for strategic proposals to be required where appropriate.
  • a position on consultation where development is exempt under the local planning scheme and the City is not the responsible authority.
  • consultation requirements for minor development in response to the draft Minor Development Local Planning Policy.

All proposed amendments are outlined in the attachments below.

How do I make a submission?

Submissions can be made using the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below (preferred), via an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. All submissions must be in writing and include your full name and address.

What happens after I make a submission?

After the close of the advertising period, the proposal and the submissions received will be considered at a future Council meeting. If you choose to make a submission and elect to be kept informed on the progress of the application, you will be notified of the Council meeting date when confirmed.

Council will consider the proposal and the submissions made and make a determination whether to proceed with the amendments to the policy.

Where can I get more information?

The proposed amendments to the Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy can be viewed below.

A report on the proposal was presented to Council on 17 May 2022 outlining the proposed amendments and reasons for the amendments and is available here.

When does the consultation period close?

Submissions will be accepted: 16 June 2022 to 7 July 2022.

Draft Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy – tracked changes

Draft Planning Consultation Local Planning Policy – clean copy

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Draft Currambine Local Development Plan – Lot 9001 (16) Sunlander Drive, Currambine

The City of Joondalup has received the above draft local development plan prepared by Rowe Group (planning consultants) on behalf of the property owners Southern Cross Care.

Your comments are invited on the draft local development plan.

What is a local development plan?

A local development plan is a document that sets out the development standards for the future development of a site.

Why has a local development plan been prepared?

A local development plan has been prepared by the applicant as it is required as a condition of the subdivision approval issued by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

What does the draft local development plan propose?

The draft local development plan contains provisions that allow the development of two storey single residential attached dwellings with double garages. It proposes to replace some of the development standards in the Residential Design Codes that would otherwise apply to the development.

The existing residential density code of the site is R80, the draft local development plan does not change this. Subdivision approval has already been granted by the WAPC for the subdivision of the site into residential lots. The draft local development plan applies to 81 lots.

How do I make a submission?

Submissions can be made using the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below (preferred), via an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. All submissions must be in writing and include your full name and address.

What happens after I make a submission?

After the close of the advertising period, the proposal and the submissions received will be considered at a future Council meeting. If you choose to make a submission and elect to be kept informed on the progress of the application, you will be notified of the Council meeting date when confirmed.

Council can resolve to either approve the draft local development plan, require the draft local development plan to be modified or refuse the draft local development plan. As the draft LDP proposes to modify development provisions of the Residential Design Codes that must be approved by the WAPC, it will be forwarded to the WAPC following consideration by Council.

Where can I get more information?

The draft local development plan and associated documents can be viewed at the links below or can be viewed at the City of Joondalup administration office located at 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup during business hours.

When does the consultation period close?

Submissions will be accepted: 2 June 2022 to 23 June 2022.

Draft Currambine Local Development Plan

Currambine Local Development Plan Report

Currambine Local Development Plan – Location Plan

Currambine Local Development Plan – Masterplan

Currambine Local Development Plan – Lot Mix

Currambine Local Development Plan – Streetscape Perspectives

Currambine Local Development Plan – Landscape Masterplan

 

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10 Monkhouse Way, Hillarys – Grouped Dwellings (three new dwellings)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes). Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

Unit one

  • Percentage of vehicle access to the street.
  • Reduced open space.
  • Garage with reduced street setback.
  • Reduced dimensions and increased roof cover for an outdoor living area.
  • Vehicular access taken from the primary street in lieu of the common property.

Unit two

  • Reduced building setbacks to the internal strata boundaries.
  • Reduced deep soil area provided for a small tree.
  • Laundries and bathrooms without openable windows.
  • Reduced dimensions and increased roof cover for an outdoor living area.

Unit three

  • Reduced building setbacks to the internal strata boundaries.
  • Laundries and bathrooms without openable windows.
  • Reduced dimensions and increased roof cover for an outdoor living area.

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Friday 10 June 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email to or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

186A Bridgewater Drive, Kallaroo – Proposed Grouped Dwelling (new two-storey dwelling)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes). Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

  • Increased boundary wall height;
  • Walls to two boundaries;
  • No openable window to the powder room (PDR);
  • The size of the window to bedroom three and the openable proportion of it;
  • Three small trees proposed in lieu of one medium tree;
  • Reduced living room dimension;
  • Reduced landscaping area; and
  • Reduced deep soil area dimension provided for one or more small tree(s).

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Wednesday 8 June 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

4 Acacia Way, Duncraig – Single House (new two-storey dwelling)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

All residential development in the City of Joondalup is required to meet the requirements of the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes) and the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy.  Both are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

  • Reduced visual privacy setback to northern boundary (bed two) and southern boundary (balconies).

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Monday 6 June 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

10 Eagle Street, Craigie – Grouped Dwelling (two new two-storey dwellings & one single-storey dwelling)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes). Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

Unit one

  • Boundary walls to the southern and western boundaries;
  • Increased boundary wall height to the garage;
  • No external shading device to Bed two and Bed three windows;
  • Reduced open space;
  • Retaining and fill greater than 0.5 metres within one metre of a lot boundary; and,
  • No storeroom provided.

Unit two

  • Reduced upper floor setback from Unit two to the Lot three internal strata boundary;
  • Garage with reduced street setback;
  • No external shading device to the Bed two window;
  • Windows to habitable rooms receiving less than two hours of direct sunlight;
  • Reduced open space;
  • Driveway within six metres of a lot’s corner truncation;
  • Retaining and fill greater than 0.5 metres within one metre of a lot boundary; and,
  • No storeroom provided.

Unit three

  • Boundary walls to the southern and western boundaries;
  • Garage with reduced street setback;
  • No external shading device to the Bed two window;
  • Windows to habitable rooms receiving less than two hours of direct sunlight;
  • Driveway not at a right angle to the street;
  • Retaining and fill greater than 0.5 metres within one metre of a lot boundary; and,
  • No storeroom provided.

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

49B Cook Avenue, Hillarys – Grouped Dwelling (new two-storey dwelling)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes). Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

  • Reduced setbacks to the internal right-of-way;
  • Reduced upper floor lot boundary setbacks to the north, west and south side boundaries;
  • Boundary walls to two boundaries;
  • Increased boundary wall length to the north (internal) side lot boundary;
  • Kitchen window fixed and en-suite shower window fixed (ie. unopenable);
  • Reduced ceiling heights to the habitable rooms; and
  • Reduced landscape area.

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Monday 11 April 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

1 Lyell Grove, Woodvale – New Child Care Premises

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for a new child care premises at the above address and you are invited to comment on the proposal.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed by clicking the link below.

The development includes:

  • A new two storey building on the corner of Lyell Grove and Timberlane Drive.
  • A capacity of 71 children and 13 staff.
  • A ground floor outdoor play space facing Lyell Grove, and upper floor outdoor play space facing onto both Lyell Grove and Timberlane Drive.
  • Operating hours between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Vehicular access via the existing crossover on Timberlane Drive, to a car parking area totalling 22 car parking bays.

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Tuesday 8 March 2022.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, via email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

Outdoor Youth Recreation Strategy

Outdoor Youth Recreation Strategy

The City of Joondalup Outdoor Youth Recreation Strategy was adopted by Council in February 2021.

The City of Joondalup Outdoor Youth Recreation Strategy is a strategic document to inform the future provision and location of youth outdoor recreation facilities and to strategically plan for the rationalisation of existing facilities (where appropriate) and the possible future development of new facilities in line with community need.

98 O’Mara Boulevard, Iluka – Modifications to previous development approval

The City has received and is currently assessing a further planning application relating to the mixed commercial development at the above address. The application is for modifications to the previous approval, including proposed modifications to conditions of the approval. You are invited to comment on the proposal. The proposal includes:
  1. Modification to the operating hours to the ‘Tavern’ to be between 6.00am – 12midnight, Monday to Sunday. The current condition (Condition 22 of DA20/0452) permits the operation of the ‘Tavern’ to be between 6.00am – 11.00pm, Monday to Sunday.
  2. The removal of the bulkhead across the ramp to the first floor parking area accessed from Calis Avenue (as per plans approved with DA18/1336).
  3. Modification to allow access to the first floor parking area at all times. The current condition (Condition 21 of DA18/1336) restricts the use of the upper floor parking area after 10.00pm until 5.30am.
  4. Amend advice note 9 (DA20/0452) to remove the reference to the restriction on live music within the Tavern.
You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Friday 11 February 2022. A copy of the development plans, supporting information and previous approvals can be viewed by clicking the links below. Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. As the matter is a modification to a previous application determined by the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) the applicant has elected to have the modifications to the previous approval also considered by the JDAP. Any submissions will be considered as part of the City’s responsible authority report presented and as part of the overall decision-making process. Copies of the minutes and agendas for the previous decisions in regards to this matter can be found at the following links:  

39 Fenellia Crescent, Craigie – Grouped Dwelling (new dwelling and modifications to existing dwelling)

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above. A copy of the development plans can be viewed below. As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity. Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes).  Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping). For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’. If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes. Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements. In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements: Unit One (retained unit)
  • Reduced building setback to the internal (east)
  • Boundary walls to two side boundaries
  • Reduced setback to hardstand
Unit Two (proposed rear unit)
  • Boundary walls to two side boundaries
  • Boundary wall length (internal boundary)
  • Boundary wall height (internal boundary)
  • No openable windows to laundry
  • Reduced ceiling heights
  • Provision of three small trees in lieu of one medium tree
  • No separate/designated pedestrian connection to rear unit
  • Crossover located in proximity to power pole
  • Reduced soft landscaping within the front setback area
  • Retaining wall over 0.5m (excavation) within 1m of the boundaries
You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Thursday 11 November 2021. Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, via email or via post to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

Urban Mountain Bike and BMX Facilities and Trails

Urban Mountain Bike and BMX Facilities and Trails

Background and Council Direction

At its meeting on 16 February 2021, Council requested the Chief Executive Officer to initiate development of a formal, detailed business case for the provision of a combined mountain bike and BMX facility at Whitfords West Park; improvements to the existing BMX tracks at Haddington Park, Triton Park and Littorina Park; and interconnected mountain bike trails through Craigie, Mullaloo and Padbury, in response to a 349-signature petition received in December 2020.

The facilities that will be considered by the business case correspond to a need identified by the City’s Outdoor Youth Recreation Strategy for a dedicated BMX facility in the central/coastal part of the City.

Current Status

In line with the City’s Project Management Framework, the City has prepared a project plan to guide development of the business case.

A business case is a feasibility study that investigates whether a project should go ahead based on social, financial, and environmental factors.

The business case process will define the objectives for the project/facilities (including financial, useability, safety, access, community satisfaction) and provide a robust framework to evaluate various facility and site options against these objectives. The business case process then tests preferred option(s) through financial impact modelling and risk assessment.

Next steps

As a community-led idea focussed on facilities for young people, the City will work with local young people to contribute to the development of location and facility options for BMX and mountain bike features and connecting trails. This collaborative process will identify preferred options for facilities and trails across Craigie, Mullaloo and Padbury in line with Council’s direction. The feasibility of the preferred options will then be investigated by the business case and presented to Council.

Consultation with the wider community and surrounding residents will occur once the business case is completed, and before any decision on providing facilities is made by Council.

44 and 46 Grand Ocean Entrance, Burns Beach – Proposed New Childcare Premises

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application Child Care Premises at the above address and you are invited to comment on the proposal. A copy of the development plans can be viewed below. The development includes:
  • A two storey concealed roof design with a combination of painted rendered walls, feature timber panels and selected cladding.
  • A single vehicle access point from Broulee Lane, providing access to 19 parking bays on the western side of the site.
  • One large play space on the upper floor overhanging the car parking area.
  • A maximum of 66 children and 12 staff at any one time.
  • Operating hours between 6.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Friday 9 July 2021. Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, via email or via post to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919. Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

Final Approval to City of Joondalup Local Planning Scheme No. 3 Amendment No. 6

It is hereby notified for public information, in accordance with section 87(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2005 that the Minister for Planning approved on 3 June 2021 the City of Joondalup Planning Scheme Amendment No. 6 for the purpose of :
  1. Changing the land use permissibility of ‘Grouped Dwelling’ and ‘Multiple Dwelling’ in the ‘Private Community Purposes’ zone in Table 3 Zoning Table from ‘D’ to ‘X’;
  2. Rezoning Lot 19 (2) Barradine Drive, Craigie, from ‘Private Community Purposes’ to ‘Residential’ and apply the R40 density code;
  3. Inserting additional uses No. 15 and 17 in Table 4 ‘Specified additional uses for zoned land in Scheme area’ (see table below).
No. Description of Land Additional Use Conditions
15 1 Padbury Circle, Sorrento Grouped Dwelling, Multiple Dwelling Subject to preparation and approval of a Local Development Plan. The predominant form of development over the site is for Private Community Purposes.
16 Lot 535 (45) Country Club Boulevard, Connolly Grouped Dwelling, Multiple Dwelling Subject to preparation and approval of a Local Development Plan. The predominant form of development over the site is for Private Community Purposes.
17 Lot 531 (37) Country Club Boulevard, Connolly Grouped Dwelling, Multiple Dwelling Subject to preparation and approval of a Local Development Plan. The predominant form of development over the site is for Private Community Purposes.
A notice to this effect was published in the Government Gazette on 11 June 2021. Further information can be found online.

Applications for Written Planning Advice

Applications for Written Planning Advice

What is covered by this application?

An application for written planning advice covers any requests for written advice on specific planning related matters such as Compliance letters for a Family Day Care, Home Office and Home Occupation proposals, temporary use of a sea container, request for variation/extinguishing a restrictive covenant, temporary use of illuminated variable message boards and any other relevant requests.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM

What information is required to be provided?

  • Letters of Compliance:
    • Application for Written Planning Advice form
    • Fee of $73.00 payable at time of request
    • Cover letter outlining the type of business activity and relevant information required to be addressed.
    • Any relevant site and/or floor plans which would assist in the request.
  • Temporary Use of Sea Containers:
    • Application for Written Planning Advice form
    • Fee of $73.00 payable at time of request
    • Site plan showing the location of sea container placement
    • Cover letter containing:
      • The purpose of the temporary use (i.e. loading or unloading of goods, associated with building or subdivision works);
      • The date the sea container will be placed on the property and when it will be collected (period of time cannot exceed 12 months); and
      • The dimensions of the sea container.
  • Request to Extinguish or Vary a Restrictive Covenant:
    • Application for Written Planning Advice form
    • Fee of $73.00 payable at time of request
    • Copy of the Certificate of Title for the subject site
    • Copy of the Restrictive Covenant documentation
  • Temporary use of Portable Illuminated Variable Message Boards (VMB)
    • Application for Written Planning Advice form
    • Fee of $73.00 payable at time of request
    • Site plan showing the location of VMB placement
    • Dimensions and content displayed on the VMB.
    • Cover letter stating the period of time the VMB will be required to be on the property (cannot exceed 12 months)
  • Other Advice
    • Application for Written Planning Advice form
    • Fee of $73.00 payable at time of request
    • Cover letter outlining details of request
    • Any relevant site and/or floor plans which would assist in the request.

If an enquiry cannot be responded to within the scope of written planning advice, the City will inform you of alternatives to assist you obtain the information you require.

If we identify that your request is not about town planning matters, we will redirect it to the appropriate part of the City for a response and the application fee will be refunded.

Please note: The City’s website provides an interactive online mapping system which will show you zoning of a property. For residential properties, the applicable density code (R-Code) will be shown along with a range of other information. Our website also lists our Local Planning Policies and Local Planning Scheme No. 3 which contain detailed information about land use permissibility and development standards.

If are looking for copies of plans or approvals of a property you own, please email to request this information.

Please note: Whilst the property owner/s signature is not required at the time of lodgement, you may be requested after lodgement to provide a completed Owners Consent Form, depending on the nature of the information you have requested.

Deemed to Comply Checks for Single Houses

Deemed to Comply Checks for Single Houses

What is a deemed-to-comply check?

The construction of a new single house, or extensions and/or renovations to an existing house may be exempt from requiring development approval if they meet the ‘deemed-to-comply’ criteria of Volume 1 of the Residential Design Codes or any local planning policy that amends or replaces these criteria.

The deemed-to-comply check allows applicants who are intending on either building a new single house or extending and/or altering an existing single house to seek advice from the City as to whether a development approval is needed for what they are proposing.

The intent of this check is to provide applicants with confidence that their proposal can proceed straight to building permit.

This is a voluntary process that only applies to single houses and extensions or renovations to existing single houses.

How can I apply for a deemed-to-comply check and what do I submit?

An application for a deemed-to-comply check must be made to the City.

Complete the application form

The fee for a deemed-to-comply check is $295.00.

The following relevant documentation must be submitted with the application:

  • Site Plan (to a scale of no less than 1:200) showing lot dimensions, all existing and proposed structures, existing and proposed ground levels, any structures proposed to be removed, existing and proposed pedestrian and vehicle access, car parking spaces including layout and dimensions, any proposed open space and landscaping.
  • Floor Plans (to a scale of no less than 1:100) of buildings proposed to be erected or altered, and any buildings proposed to be retained, complete with setbacks to all lot boundaries.
  • Elevation Plans (to a scale of no less than 1:100) of buildings proposed to be erected or altered, and any buildings proposed to be retained, complete with existing and proposed ground levels and wall and roof height dimensions taken from natural ground level.

Applications that do not include the above documentation cannot be accepted. Depending on the proposal, you may be asked to provide further information before an application is accepted and lodged.

You can lodge your application via email or via the online lodgement. The application is not accepted until payment has been received.

LODGE YOUR APPLICATION

How long will my application take to be assessed?

The City has 14 days from receipt of payment to undertake and provide a response.

What happens next?

If the advice states that your proposal is deemed-to-comply, you may lodge an application for a building permit.

If your proposal does not comply you may:

  • Apply for a development approval
  • Amend your plans to address the areas of non-compliance and submit another application for a Deemed-to-Comply Check
  • Amend your plans to address the areas of non-compliance and apply for a building permit. Please note that if you choose this option, an area of non-compliance that was not addressed fully may be identified through the building permit process and you may be requested to apply for development approval.

Changes to Development within Housing Opportunity Areas

Changes to Development within Housing Opportunity Areas

Background

Housing Opportunity Areas are the 10 areas identified in the City of Joondalup’s Local Housing Strategy and the City’s Local Planning Scheme No 3 as appropriate areas for increased residential density.

Since implementation of the Local Housing Strategy began in early 2016, landowners in Housing Opportunity Areas have been able to redevelop their properties in line with the higher densities allocated.

However, changes made to the State Government’s Residential Design Codes to remove average site areas for multiple dwellings and a lack of State Government support for a City of Joondalup initiative to restrict the development of multiple dwellings to sites 2,000 square metres or larger, have resulted in development outcomes in the Housing Opportunity Areas that were not originally envisaged by the City. Some residents are also concerned about the type of development currently occurring in Housing Opportunity Areas and called on the City to review how infill development is managed.

The City responded to these concerns by developing draft new development standards for housing opportunity areas consisting of a local planning policy and an amendment to the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3. The draft new standards were considered by the Council at its meeting on 20 August 2019 and extensive community consultation was then undertaken on the draft proposals.

Following extensive community consultation, the Joondalup Council endorsed draft new development standards for Housing Opportunity Areas at a Special Meeting of Council held on 24 March 2020 (JSC02-03/20 refers). The draft new development standards were contained in both a local planning policy (LPP) and in a scheme amendment (Amendment No. 5).

Following Council’s endorsement of the LPP and Amendment No. 5, the documents were sent to the State Government’s Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC makes the decision on the LPP and makes a recommendation on Amendment No. 5 to the Minister for Planning. The Minister is responsible for approving the amendment.

The main reasons that both a LPP and a scheme amendment were progressed (instead of just a LPP) were that:

  1. Some standards need to be contained in the planning scheme to help the City make recommendations on subdivisions, before planning applications for the buildings are received
  2. Standards contained in the planning scheme generally hold more weight when the City makes decisions on planning applications or defends any decisions in the State Administrative Tribunal.

It was always understood that the WAPC may not support the inclusion of all development standards in the planning scheme, given that some standards are better suited for inclusion in a LPP. However, for the reasons mentioned above, the City included all development standards in both the LPP and Amendment No. 5, hoping that as many standards as possible would find their way into the planning scheme.

Since forwarding the documents to the WAPC, the City has had regular contact with the State Government’s Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage asking that the matter be progressed as quickly as possible and strongly encouraging them to support the development standards endorsed by Council. When the WAPC considered the matter on 27 October 2020, senior City staff made a deputation to the WAPC, urging the WAPC support the standards endorsed by the Council. The Mayor of the City of Joondalup has also written to the Minister for Planning, advocating for the same.

On Thursday 10 December 2020, the Minister for Planning announced her decision, via a media statement, on Amendment No. 5 to the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3). The City received correspondence from the WAPC on Friday 11 December 2020, advising of the Minister’s decision. It is important to note that the Minister has made her decision on Amendment No. 5 only. It is understood that the WAPC will make a decision on the LPP early next year.

Most of the development standards have been removed from Amendment No. 5, including height, setbacks, parking, trees and landscaping. Amendment No. 5, which has been substantially pared back from the version adopted by Council, now only contains standards relating to lot frontage, moderation of multiple dwellings (apartments) and solar access. A table is provided below, which shows the comparison between the standards endorsed by Council and the standards approved by the Minister:

AMENDMENT ENDORSED BY COUNCIL AMENDMENT APPROVED BY MINISTER IMPLICATIONS
Lot frontage

(minimum)

9 metres (all dwellings) 9 metres (single/grouped dwellings) Many lots are between 18 – 20 metres wide. A minimum frontage of 9 metres will allow more side-by-side subdivision, instead of ‘battle-axe’ development (currently the only option for lots under 18 metres wide).
7.5 metres (lots with rear lane access) – would apply mainly to Sorrento laneway lots Standard was deleted 7.5 metre frontage was originally proposed to provide better interaction with the street and avoid garages/crossovers dominating the streetscape on narrower lot frontages.
Standard not included 20 metres (multiple dwellings) Would restrict development of multiple dwellings (apartments) in cul-de-sacs, unless lots were amalgamated – could encourage lot amalgamation.
Standard not included 6 metres (corner lots – rear vehicle access) 6 metre frontage generally not supported by community during consultation – removed from Council’s endorsed version of amendment.
Moderation of multiple dwellings (apartments) For multiple dwellings in all areas:

Limit the number of multiple dwellings that can be built on a lot by applying an average site area per dwelling, unless the lot is located:

  • Within 800 metre walkable catchment of a strategic metropolitan, secondary, district or specialised activity centre or railway station; and
  • On a busier road (classified as a local distributor or above, as determined by the City).
For multiple dwellings in R20/60 areas:

  • No average site area applies.
The standards limiting the number of multiple dwellings on a lot will apply to fewer lots than the standards endorsed by Council.

Council’s version was significantly more restrictive.

For multiple dwellings in R20/40 areas:

Limit the number of multiple dwellings that can be built on a lot by applying an average site area per dwelling, unless the lot:

  • has primary street frontage to a busier road (with scheme reservation classification of Local Distributor Road or Other Regional Road); or
  • Is located within 800m walkable catchment of a strategic metropolitan, secondary or specialised activity centre or railway station; or
  • is located within 400m walkable catchment of a district activity centre.
Solar access More stringent development standards relating to overshadowing of adjoining properties As per amendment endorsed by Council More restrictive than current requirements.

The City was required to modify the Amendment No. 5 documents to comply with the Minister’s decision. The documents were subsequently modified and returned to the Western Australian Planning Commission.

The Minister for Planning has now formally approved Amendment No. 5 as outlined above, and the amendment came into effect on 29 January 2021 when a notice was published in the Government Gazette (see document below).

The location criteria outlined in the table above is shown on the Multiple Dwelling Site Area Restriction maps which can assessed online.

In regard to the draft Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, the Statutory Planning Committee (SPC) of the Western Australian Planning Commission considered the draft Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy at its meeting dated 16 February 2021.

The SPC approved the policy, subject to modifications. A summary of the key modifications and their implications is provided below:

Setbacks

Policy endorsed by Council Policy approved by SPC Implications
Side setback Ground floor 1.5m (single/grouped)

2.0m (multiple)

1.0m Under the SPC-approved version of the policy, buildings will be able to be located closer to side and rear boundaries.
Upper floor 3.0m 2.0m
Rear setback Ground floor 3.0m 1.0m
Upper floor 3.0m (R20/25 – R20/30)

6.0m (R20/40 – R20/60)

2.0m

Visitor parking

Policy endorsed by Council Policy approved by SPC Implications
Visitor parking Single/grouped dwellings 0.5 bays per dwelling 1 bay per 4 dwellings The SPC-approved version of the policy reverts to the visitor parking ratios of the R-Codes, which means less visitor parking is required.
Multiple dwellings 0.5 bays per dwelling 1 bay per 4 dwellings (up to 12 dwellings);

1 bay per 8 dwelling (for 13th dwelling and above)

Landscape area

Policy endorsed by Council Policy approved by SPC Implications
Amount of landscape area 0 – 300m2 20% 20% The SPC-approved version of the policy requires less landscape area to be provided on larger sites.

The SPC-approved version of the policy allows narrower strips of landscaping to be counted toward the overall provision of landscape area for a site.

301 – 400m2 25%
401 – 500m2 30%
> 500m2 35%
Minimum dimension 2.0m 1.5m

Current Status

At its meeting dated 16 March 2021, Council resolved the following in relation to the Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy:

  1. NOTES the changes to the Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy (HOALPP) resulting from the Western Australian Planning Commission’s decision on the HOALPP and the Minister for Planning’s decision on associated Scheme Amendment No. 5, as outlined in Attachment 3 to Report CJ023-03/21;
  2. AGREES to formally implement the modified Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy as detailed in Attachment 3 to Report CJ023-03/21 from 2 July 2021;
  3. AGREES to the transitional arrangements for introduction of the Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy as outlined in Report CJ023-03/21;
  4. NOTES that further approval of the Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy may be required from the Western Australian Planning Commission following finalisation of the draft Medium Density Codes;
  5. NOTES that the revised Residential Development Local Planning Policy will come into operation on the same date as the Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy;
  6. AGREES that any further strategic review of the Housing Opportunity Areas, including the establishment of any Community Reference Group, will be undertaken in accordance with a review of the City’s Local Planning Strategy, currently scheduled to commence in the 2022-23 financial year.

A copy of the full report and Council decision is available on the City’s website.

Council’s decision has the following implications:

  • From 2 July 2021 a new set of standards will apply to development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas. A copy of the policy is available on the City’s website.
  • Between now and 2 July 2021 any current planning applications will continue to be processed under the existing planning framework up until the HOALPP becomes operational. Regard will be given to the objectives of the HOALPP for any discretion sought.
  • Any current applications not finalised prior to 2 July 2021 will be assessed and determined under the new HOALPP.
  • All new planning applications, lodged from 22 March 2021, will now be assessed and determined under the new HOALPP.
  • A further strategic review of the Housing Opportunity Areas will be undertaken as part of a review of the City’s Local Planning Strategy which is currently scheduled to commence in the 2022/23 financial year.

 

Built Strata Applications (Form 15A and Form 15C)

Built Strata Applications (Form 15A and Form 15C)

Built strata subdivision is defined by reference to buildings and areas which make up the boundaries of the land parcels, whereas ‘survey-strata’ subdivision is defined by reference to surveyed land boundaries shown on the strata plan. Built strata subdivision can take place where buildings are fully constructed, or where buildings are proposed to be constructed.

Built strata subdivision applications are generally determined by local governments under delegation from the Western Australian Planning Commission, however this delegation does not extend to the creation of a leasehold scheme, vacant lot or vacant air stratas in multi-tiered strata schemes. Table one below outlines the process and relevant authority for determining the most common types of built strata proposals.

Form 15A

A Form 15A (formerly a Form 24) is an application of a strata plan for a built strata subdivision. A Form 15A can be lodged once a building has received the relevant building permits and development approvals from the City. Following receipt of a Form 15A the City will review the application, which generally relates to verifying the consistency of the proposed built strata lots with the corresponding development and building permits. The City may approve the Form 15A with or without conditions. Following receipt of an approval, the applicant must address any conditions of the Form 15A (and those of the development approval) before applying for endorsement of the strata plan via a Form 15C (formerly Form 26).

Form 15C

A Form 15C is an application for a certificate of final endorsement of the strata plan and must be lodged within 2 years of receiving approval of the Form 15A. Before applying for approval of a Form 15C certificate, all works must be completed in accordance with the development approval and building permit, including compliance with conditions of the development approval and Form 15A (if applicable). Refer to the Form 15C checklist for full application requirements. Once received, the City will undertake an assessment of the Form 15C which includes a site visit to verify that all works have been completed in accordance with the development approval. The City has 40 days from the date of lodgement to determination the application.

Table One

Type of strata proposal Determining authority/process required
1-5 residential strata lots, land parcel is no more than 2500m2, and each strata lot contains one dwelling Exempt from Planning approval.

Building approval certificate required only.

6 or more residential strata lots Local government determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement).

Land parcel is more than 2,500m2 Local government determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement)

Commercial/mixed use Local government determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement).

Industrial Local government determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement)

Vacant lot/vacant air strata in multitiered strata scheme development WAPC determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement).

State or regionally significant/public interest WAPC determination.

Form 15A (Application) and Form 15C (Endorsement).

Application to be forwarded to the WAPC by the LG.

 

Lodgement

Applications can be lodged with the City using one of the following methods:

Online

Lodge your application

In person

Visit the City of Joondalup Administration Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup

By post

Post your application to the City at PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919

 

Planning Exemptions

Planning Exemptions

Changes to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 have been introduced to allow the Minister for Planning to issue notices to exempt some planning requirements to respond to and recover from an emergency declared under the Emergency Management Act.

On 8 April 2020, a Notice of Exemption (the Notice) was issued in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Notice has been issued to provide specific guidance to both proponents and local government on a range of temporary exemptions for certain approvals and requirements within the local planning framework. These exemptions will remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency.

The exemptions remove any barriers within the planning system to ensure flexible and speedy responses to a changing crisis environment, support business and guarantee the provision of essential community services.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s (DPLH) dedicated State of Emergency – planning changes webpage provides:

  • An overview of the State of Emergency Planning Changes
  • The signed Notice of Exemption
  • An Explanatory Notes document to assist with interpretation of the Notice
  • Template letters for proponents (landowners, business operators, applicants) to use to notify potentially impacted neighbours
  • Frequently Asked Questions.

On 18 December 2020, the Planning Regulation Amendment Regulations 2020 were gazetted by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). These amendments introduce various improvements to local planning processes and the first stage of these changes became operational on 15 February 2021. In the context of development applications, the amendments generally relate to the following:

  • Exemption of small residential developments (such as some patios, water tanks, cubby houses etc),
  • The introduction of a ‘deemed-to-comply’ check process so a preliminary assessment can be undertaken by the local government to determine if planning approval is required for single houses, as well as
  • Removing the need for planning approval for certain change of use applications.

The Regulation amendments will mean some of the City’s processes will change, so people who frequently do business with the City’s Planning Services may find the assessment process different to normal practice. This includes (but not limited to) requiring all of the necessary information up-front as part of the application and the City only sending one ‘request for information’ for non-complex applications to address any issues identified during the assessment.

In addition, some of the City’s policies and information sheets will be superseded by the changes introduced by WAPC. The City is currently in the process of updating the City’s documents, but in the meantime, if any inconsistency exists between the Regulations and City’s information, the Regulations will prevail.

As a result, certain development which currently requires planning approval may be exempt from 15 February 2021. For further information on the specific exemptions under the Amendment Regulations, please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

Warwick activity centre plan

Warwick activity centre plan

There is currently no approved activity centre plan for the Warwick Activity Centre. In the absence of an activity centre plan, the following parameters will be used for the assessment of applications for development approval within the Warwick Activity Centre:

Further information on the background associated with the above can be found in the report considered by Council at its meeting held on 21 May 2019 (agenda item CJ051-05/19).

Obtrusive Outdoor Lighting

Obtrusive Outdoor Lighting

When considering outdoor lighting for your property, it should be positioned in such a way that it does not impose on adjoining properties and public spaces with due regard given to the requirements of AS4282-2019 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting (not available from the City).

Where outdoor lighting spills into adjoining properties, the impact can be negative and may cause an annoyance, or distraction and discomfort.

The following should be taken into account with the installation of outdoor lighting:

  • Is the lighting required in that specific location, or can it be installed in a less obtrusive part of the property
  • Any outdoor lighting should be directed downward and towards the area you wish to illuminate.
  • The use of shielded lights is recommended to direct light on the intended area
  • The higher the outdoor lighting is installed, the less light spill it may create
  • The amount of illumination should be appropriate for the area that is intended to be illuminated.

For further information refer to the Obtrusive Outdoor Lighting Guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions for lodging a building, planning or environmental health application online

Frequently Asked Questions for lodging a building, planning or environmental health application online

What applications am I able to lodge?

Once you become a registered user within the City of Joondalup you can lodge:

Building Applications:

If you would like to lodge a Building Application please contact the City’s Building Administration team on 9400 4961.

  • Building permit application – certified (BA1)
  • Building permit application – uncertified (BA2)
  • Demolition permit application – BA5
  • Occupancy permit application – BA9
  • Occupancy permit strata application – BA11
  • Building approval certificate application – BA13
  • Building approval certificate strata application – BA15

Planning Applications:

  • Development application
  • Deemed-to-comply Checks
  • Subdivision clearance application
  • Strata application (Form 15A and 15C)
  • Section 40 Certificate (liquor licence)

Health Applications:

  • Food business registration
  • Skin penetration/hairdresser application
  • Trader’s permit application
  • Street market application
  • Food business registration cancellation
  • Public building event application
  • Section 39 Certificate (liquor licence)

I have changed my email address, can I update my registration details?

Yes, you can update your registration details by contacting the City via email with the information you wish to change.

How do I cancel my registration?

Please provide all registration details by contacting the City via email with the information you wish to cancel.

Does the person/company who registers to use e-applications also need to be the applicant?

No. However some correspondence will be sent to the registered users email address once you have submitted your application. This includes receipt of the application being submitted and notification where an incomplete application has not been accepted for processing.

Once an application has been accepted for processing, all correspondence relating to the application (including the invoice) will be sent to the applicants email address.

I have forgotten my password?

If you have forgotten your password or user ID then the e-application login screen will assist you to reset your password.

What should I write in the Customer Reference field?

The Customer Reference field is for your reference only and is for you to identify your application under “My Applications”. Should the application be accepted by the City for processing, a City reference will also be assigned.

How do I know what information I am required to submit for my application?

Depending on what type of application you are submitting to the City, you will find all the information required on the City’s website:

Building Applications:

Planning Applications:

Health Applications:

I have a document to submit, but it is not in an accepted format – what should I do?

Formats accepted by the City are documents in PDF, JPG or GIF format. A document will need to be converted if it is not in one of these formats.

Can I save a partially complete application and submit it at a later date?

Yes. Information that is entered for an application is automatically saved. Incomplete applications are able to accessed under “My Applications”.

I have submitted an application, where can I review and print what was submitted?

Once you are logged in, you are able to review all of your applications on the “My Applications” page. To view details of what you have submitted, please select “Report” next to the relevant application.

How do I know if my application has been reviewed by the City or if further information is required?

Once you are logged in, you are able to review all of your applications on the “My Applications” page. If an application has been reviewed by the City and there was more information required, your application will appear in the “Incomplete Applications” box. If an application has been reviewed and was accepted, your application will appear in the “Accepted Applications” box.

If your application is returned, an email will also be sent to the registered user advising of why the application was returned.

If your application is accepted, an email will be sent to the applicant identified in the application.

I have lodged an application but it now appears in the Incomplete Application box. Why?

If your application has moved to the “Incomplete Applications” box, it means that the application has been reviewed by the City, but it was found that required information was missing. An email would have been sent to the registered users letting you know what additional information is needed. The application is able to be modified to include this information and resubmitted with the City.

After my application has been submitted, how long before I receive the email providing the invoice and payment method?

You should receive an email within one to two working days of the application being submitted. If you have not received notification, you can check the progress of the application on the “My Applications” page. An accepted application will appear in the “Accepted Applications” box and if more information was needed, your application would appear in the “Incomplete Applications” box.

How long do I have to pay the invoice?

For Building Applications and Development Applications your application will not commence processing until all statutory fees have been paid in full. Upon receiving your invoice you have five business days to pay the invoice. If the invoice is not paid within the timeframe your application may be cancelled and will need to be resubmitted with the City.

Which email address will you send the invoice to?

Should your application be accepted, an email will be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt of the application with an attached invoice. This email will be sent to the applicant identified on the application form, and may not be the registered users email.

How do I track the progress of my application?

Once your application has been accepted, it will appear in the “Accepted Applications” box. If you select the “track” link, you will be directed to a new page where you can view the progress of your application. Select the relevant “track” tab or the “show all” tab, and you can see each event as the application is progressed. If the “track” tab does not appear, check to ensure that you are still logged in.

Building Application FAQ’s

Why is there a difference between terminology? For example, the following words are used in the Stage Decision for different years – report and works complete, application approved, building permit issued.

Due to changes in different computer programs used over time and with the introduction of the Building Act 2011, there has been the requirement for the terminology used to be changed.

What is the difference between a Permit and a Licence?

There is no difference between a permit and a licence. Different terms are used due to the introduction of the Building Act 2011.

Where do I find more information on a building application for my property?

To obtain further information on a building application, please contact the City on 9400 4961.

Land owners can also submit a request to obtain copies of building plans.

Alternatively complete a Freedom of Information request.

I have a planning application however I can’t find the building application?

Please send your request via email.

What happens if I have a structure on my property that does not show up on this online service.

Please send your request via email.

Planning Applications FAQ’s

Where can I find more information on a planning application?

To obtain further information on a planning application, please contact the City on 9400 4100. To view or obtain a copy of a planning application a Freedom of Information request is required to be lodged with the City. If you are an applicant and have not received a copy of a recent decision, please send your request via email.

I have a building licence/permit for a structure, but do not have a determined planning application?

Most forms of development in the City require planning approval. Some exemptions to this requirement are set out in the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 and previous planning schemes, the most notable of these being a Single House development that complies with all relevant requirements (such as the Residential Design Codes).

Depending on the time in which the structure was built there also may not have been the requirement for a planning application to be lodged. Refer to what requires planning approval for current developments that will need approval.

There are multiple entries for a property address?

If your property has been subdivided, multiple property addresses may be displayed. If a decision was issued prior to the subdivision of a property, details of this application could also be displayed on one of the past properties. In some cases, such as with commercial properties, different property addresses are created for tenancies or shop numbers.

A building/planning application is not displaying, or the information displayed appears incorrect?

Only determined applications are displayed in any search result. If you believe that there may be an issue with the information displayed contact the City via email.

How can I tell if a structure on my property has been constructed in accordance with the approvals, including any conditions that may have been imposed?

To determine if a structure has been constructed in accordance with a planning approval (plans and conditions) you will need to obtain a copy of the planning approval. Copies of planning approvals can be obtained by lodging a Freedom of Information request. Land owners can also submit a request to obtain copies of building plans. Fees may be applicable.

Food Business FAQ’s

Why is the food business I’m searching for not displaying?

Only currently registered food businesses are displayed in any search result. If a food business is not being shown, it may not be registered with the City. If you know the food business is operating, please contact the City on 9400 4933. Also double check the spelling or accuracy of the information you have used to search.

I know an inspection was carried out at my food business recently. Why is this date not shown?

Once a new inspection has been completed, it will usually take up to 10 working days for the information to be entered into the City’s system.

Am I able to see the results of the last inspection?

No. Only the date of the most recent inspection is provided. If you require a copy of an inspection report, please contact the City on 9400 4933. If you are not the business owner, a Freedom of Information request would need to be lodged.

I’ve searched for a food business in the search field, but not all of the information is displaying.

After searching for a food business in the application search, make sure that you click the blue hyperlink to display all of the information.

I’ve searched for a registered food business, but I don’t think the information is correct?

If you believe there may be an issue with the information displayed, you may contact the City on 9400 4000.

What does the risk classification of a food business mean?

The risk classification of a food business is a classification given to every food business based on certain criteria including the types of food being prepared and who they are prepared for. The risk classification in no way reflects the status of the food business in terms of food safety.

Locality maps

Locality maps

Title
Beldon Locality Map
Burns Beach Locality Map
Connolly Locality Map
Craigie Locality Map
Currambine Locality Map
Duncraig North Locality Map
Duncraig South Locality Map
Edgewater Locality Map
Greenwood Locality Map
Heathridge Locality Map
Hillarys Locality Map
Iluka Locality Map
Joondalup City Centre Locality Map
Joondalup Locality Map
Kallaroo Locality Map
Kingsley Locality Map
Kinross Locality Map
Marmion Locality Map
Mullaloo Locality Map
Ocean Reef Locality Map
Padbury Locality Map
Sorrento Locality Map
Warwick Locality Map
Woodvale Locality Map

Scheme maps

Scheme maps

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Scheme Map - Beldon
Scheme Map - Burns Beach
Scheme Map - Connolly
Scheme Map - Craigie
Scheme Map - Currambine
Scheme Map - Duncraig north
Scheme Map - Duncraig south
Scheme Map - Edgewater
Scheme Map - Greenwood
Scheme Map - Heathridge
Scheme Map - Hillarys
Scheme Map - Iluka
Scheme Map - Joondalup City
Scheme Map - Joondalup Residential
Scheme Map - Kallaroo
Scheme Map - Kingsley
Scheme Map - Kinross
Scheme Map - Marmion
Scheme Map - Mullaloo
Scheme Map - Ocean Reef
Scheme Map - Padbury
Scheme Map - Sorrento
Scheme Map - Warwick
Scheme Map - Woodvale

Development (planning) application lodgement information

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Development (planning) application lodgement information

On 18 December 2020, the Planning Regulation Amendment Regulations 2020 were gazetted by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). These amendments introduce various improvements to local planning processes and the first stage of these changes became operational on 15 February 2021. In the context of development applications, the amendments generally relate to the following:

  • Exemption of small residential developments (such as some patios, water tanks, cubby houses etc),
  • The introduction of a ‘deemed-to-comply’ check process so a preliminary assessment can be undertaken by the local government to determine if planning approval is required for single houses, as well as
  • Removing the need for planning approval for certain change of use applications.

The Regulation amendments will mean some of the City’s processes will change, so people who frequently do business with the City’s Planning Services may find the assessment process different to normal practise. This includes (but not limited to) requiring all of the necessary information up-front as part of the application and the City only sending one ‘request for information’ for non-complex applications to address any issues identified during the assessment.

In addition, some of the City’s policies and information sheets will be superseded by the changes introduced by WAPC. The City is currently in the process of updating the City’s documents, but in the meantime, if any inconsistency exists between the Regulations and City’s information, the Regulations will prevail.

As a result, certain development which currently requires planning approval may be exempt from 15 February 2021. For further information on the specific exemptions under the Amendment Regulations, please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website or contact the City’s Planning Services on 9400 4100.

Application forms and adjoining neighbours comment form

Metropolitan Region Scheme Form 1
Application for Development (Planning) Approval
Adjoining Property Owners Comment Form
Application for Development (Planning) Approval for Advertisements
Application for Written Planning Advice Form
Deemed-to-Comply Check Application Form
Joondalup Design Review Panel - Application Form & Checklist

 

Application checklists

Development Approval Checklist - Residential
Development Approval Checklist - Residential (Housing Opportunity Areas)
Development Approval Checklist - Residential (Patio)
Development Approval Checklist - Residential (Outbuildings)
Development Approval Checklist - Retaining Walls
Development Approval Checklist - Alfresco
Development Approval Checklist - Development Assessment Panel
Development Approval Checklist - Signage
Development Approval Checklist - Home-based Business
Development Approval Checklist - Change of Use
Development Approval Checklist - Short-term Accommodation
Development Approval Checklist - Multiple Dwelling
Development Approval Checklist - Commercial
Environmentally Sustainable Design Checklist

Approved structure plans, activity centre plans and local development centre plans

Approved structure plans, activity centre plans and local development centre plans

Structure PlanMap LinkAdditional Information
Burns Beach Local Structure PlanView MapFor development within the Northern Residential Precinct, refer to the Burns Beach Local Development Plan
Craigie High School Site Structure PlanView Map
Currambine District Centre Structure PlanView Map
Currambine Structure PlanView Map
Greenwood Local Structure PlanView Map
Hillarys Structure PlanView Map
Iluka Structure PlanView Map
Kinross Neighbourhood Centre Structure PlanView Map
MacNaughton Crescent Structure PlanView Map
Marmion Structure PlanView Map
Sheppard Way Structure Plan
Activity Centre PlanMapAdditional Documentation
Joondalup Activity Centre PlanView Map
Sorrento Activity Centre PlanView Map
Approved Scheme Amendment No. 77

Approved Scheme Amendment No. 79
Warwick Activity Centre Plan
Whitfords Activity Centre PlanView Map
Local Development Plan
Burns Beach Local Development Plan
Currajong Local Development Plan
Greenwood Local Development Plan
Iluka Local Centre Development Plan No. 1
Iluka Local Centre Development Plan No. 2
MacNaughton Crescent Local Development Plan
Other PlansAuthority Responsible
Burns Beach MasterplanCity of Joondalup
Hillarys Boat Harbour Management Plan - Endorsed 31 May 2018 Department of Transport

Varying a restrictive covenant on a title

Varying a restrictive covenant on a title

A restrictive covenant is an agreement between two parties that restricts the use of land owned by one of those parties, for the benefit of another party. A restrictive covenant is noted on the Certificate of Title for the land.

The City can assist with the varying or removing of a restrictive covenant where that covenant limits the number of houses (dwellings) to a lesser number than may be permitted on a site by the Residential Design Codes. For example, a restrictive covenant may limit the number of houses to one, but based on the lot size and density code, the lot could accommodate more than one.

Application requirements

An application to vary or remove a restrictive covenant may be lodged in writing or by email to the City. The application will need to include:

  • An application for Written Planning Advice form.
  • A copy of the latest Certificate of Title. This can be obtained from Landgate.
  • A copy of the restrictive covenant documentation (the registration number is on the certificate of title). This can be obtained from Landgate.
  • Confirmation of the land size. If the land size is not shown on the Certificate of Title a copy of the diagram, deposited/strata plan is required. This can be obtained from Landgate.
  • The fee for written planning advice, as set out in the Planning Services fees and charges.

Upon receiving an application, the City will assess this information. If there is a clear inconsistency between the restrictive covenant and how many houses can be developed on your lot, the City will issue you a letter addressed to Landgate to this effect. You will then need to apply to Landgate to remove or amend the restrictive covenant.

For further information on varying or removing a restrictive covenant that limits the number of houses on your property in a Housing Opportunity Area, refer to the Restrictive Covenant factsheet.

Other restrictive covenants may be varied or extinguished in certain circumstances however the City is not involved in this process. Further advice may be sought from Landgate.

Colorbond structures (patios, carports, sheds) visible from the street

Colorbond structures (patios, carports, sheds) visible from the street

Structures that are visible from the street are required to match or complement the existing house, in accordance with the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy and Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy.

Where a colorbond structure does not match or complement the existing house, development (planning) approval is required.  As part of the application it will need to be demonstrated that the structure does not negatively impact the streetscape, or is not imposing on the street.

Carport – approval requirements

Carport – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define a carport as:

“A roofed structure designed to accommodate one or more motor vehicles, unenclosed except to the extent that it abuts a dwelling or a property boundary on one side, and being without a door unless that door is visually permeable (see through).”

A carport may require a development approval and will require a building permit prior to being constructed.

Planning requirements

On a residential lot, carports will require development (planning) approval where the carport does not meet the requirements of the R-Codes, the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or structure plan (if applicable).

Generally, carports on a residential lot will require development approval if they are:

  • Located within the street setback area
  • Not of a material or finish that matches the dwelling
  • Setback is less than 1m from a side or rear lot boundary
  • Occupy more than 50% of the lot frontage.

Should your dwelling be located within a structure plan area, additional requirements may apply.

Carports to multiple dwellings and commercial buildings will require development (planning) approval.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Fees and Charges.

Building permit requirements

A building permit application will be required for a carport.

Building permit application forms (certified or uncertified) are available from the Building Commission.

Certified building permit applications must be accompanied with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Please refer to the City’s Uncertified Building Application Checklist – Outbuilding (Class 10a) for information required to be provided with the Building Permit Application (BA2 form).

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services Fees and Charges.

Converting a garage to a habitable room (living space)

Converting a garage to a habitable room (living space)

A carport or garage may be converted to a habitable room (e.g. bedroom, study, living area) if there is sufficient space elsewhere on the property to provide parking in a complying location. It is recommended that the materials and finish of the proposed alteration match with that of the existing dwelling.

Planning requirements

Converting a carport or garage to a habitable room may require development (planning) approval where it does not meet the requirements of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes), or the Residential Development Local Planning Policy. There may also be different requirements if you are located in an area subject to a structure plan, local development plan, or activity centre plan.

Generally, a conversion will require development (planning) approval where it is:

  • Visible from the street and not of a material or finish that matches the main dwelling
  • Proposed to contain an opening to a habitable room and setback less than 1.5m from a side or rear lot boundary
  • The car parking provided on-site is less than the amount required under the Residential Design Codes. Typically,  two bays are required to be provided.

Building Permit requirements

A building permit application will be required for a carport or garage conversion.

Construction requirements for conversion of a carport or garage to a habitable room

The National Construction Codes – Building Code of Australia (NCC BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. The goal of the NCC BCA is to achieve acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, safety, health and amenity for the benefit of the community.

Such provisions include the following:

  • The walls of the new addition must maintain a continuous cavity with the existing dwelling
  • The floor to ceiling height must be a minimum of 2.4m
  • Noting that generally, carport floors are constructed without a waterproof membrane or termite barrier, the building permit application must indicate how the proposed works will prevent the ingress of moisture into the new room. The existing slab may need to be drilled to install a termite barrier
  • Natural light and ventilation must be maintained to all existing rooms
  • Hard wired smoke detectors must be installed to protect all existing and proposed bedrooms of the house
  • Applications may also require engineering details
  • Power Meter box – Any existing meter box within the proposed enclosure must be relocated to an external wall.

Building permit application forms (certified or uncertified) are available from the Building Commission.

Certified building permit applications must be accompanied with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Please refer to the City’s Uncertified Building Application Checklist – Dwelling and Habitable Additions (Class 1a) for information required to be provided with the Building Permit Application (BA2 form).

Fees are in accordance with the Building services fees and charges.

Outbuilding (shed) – approval requirements

Outbuilding (shed) – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define an outbuilding as: ‘An enclosed non-habitable structure that is detached from any dwelling.’

This definition includes sheds and garages that are not attached to the main dwelling.

An outbuilding may require a development (planning) approval and a building permit prior to being constructed.

Planning requirements

On a residential lot, an outbuilding will require development (planning) approval where it is not specifically exempt from requiring approval, or it does not meet the requirements of the R-Codes, the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy or structure plan (if applicable).

Development approval for an outbuilding to a single house or grouped dwelling is not required when:

  • The size is less than 10m² and abuts no more than two boundaries (excluding street boundaries);
  • It is not located within the street setback area;
  • The wall height does not exceed 2.4 metres;
  • The ridge height does not exceed 4.2 metres;
  • Does not reduce the amount of open space required; and
  • The area of all outbuildings does not exceed 60m² or 10% of the total site area; and
  • All other requirements of the R-Codes and/or the Residential Development Local Planning Policy/Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy are met.

Generally, outbuildings on a residential lot will require development approval if they are:

  • Located within the street setback area;
  • Visible from the street and not of a material or finish that matches the main dwelling;
  • Set back less than 1 metre (outbuilding length is less than 9 metres) or 1.5 metres (outbuilding length is greater than 9 metres) to a side boundary if the outbuilding is greater than 10m²;
  • The area of all outbuildings is greater than 60m² or 10% of the total site area; or
  • The wall height is greater than 2.4 metres and ridge height is greater than 4.2 metres from natural ground level.

Should your dwelling be located within a structure plan area, additional requirements may apply.

Outbuildings to multiple dwellings and commercial buildings will require development approval.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services fees and charges.

Building Permit requirements

An outbuilding less than 10m² and less than 2.4 metres high does not require a building permit.

Building permit application forms (certified or uncertified) are available from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website. Certified building permit applications must be accompanied with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Please refer to the City’s Uncertified Building Application Checklist – Outbuilding (Class 10a) for information required to be provided with the Building Permit Application (BA2 form).

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services fees and charges.

Street fences: front fences

Street fences: front fences

A front fence is a wall, screen or barrier that abuts a street boundary or is located in the front setback area of a residential property.

For further information refer to the front and secondary fence fact sheet.

Planning requirements

The maximum height of a solid front fence is 1.2m as measured from the midpoint of the verge. This height includes the height of any retaining wall.

Any fencing above 1.2m must be ‘visually permeable’. The Residential Design Codes define this as:

  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps of 50mm or greater width, occupying not less than one third of the total surface area
  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps less than 50mm width, occupying at least one half of the total surface area in aggregate
  • A surface offering equal or lesser obstruction to view

A front fence, including all footings, is to be located wholly within the lot boundaries. Encroachments into the road reserve (eg. verge) are not permitted.

Vehicle sightlines

Front fences must be truncated or be no higher than 750mm within 1.5m of where fences and walls adjoin vehicle access points, where a driveway meets a public street or where two streets intersect (e.g. corner lot). Any fencing above 750mm in these areas must be visually permeable.

Pillars within 1.5m of vehicle access points, or where two streets intersect are permitted to a height of 1.8m, with a maximum dimension of 350mm x 350mm.

Where a front fence does not meet the planning requirements, a development (planning) application can be lodged.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Schedule of Fees.

Building permit requirements

A building permit is required for a fence that is masonry and more than 750mm in height and/or if any part of the fence is more than 0.5m in height and will be used as a retaining wall. A building permit is also required if the fence is constructed of masonry and more than 750mm in height, and if material other than masonry is used and exceeds 1.8m in height.

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services Schedule of Fees.

Structural requirements for a masonry fence

The design of the masonry fence shall meet the requirements of a practising structural engineer.

Swimming pool barrier requirements

In addition to the minimum planning and building requirements, front fences that are to be used as a swimming pool barrier will need to comply with AS1926.1 Swimming pool safety. Refer to swimming pool barriers and approvals for further information.

Street fences: secondary street fences

Street fences: secondary street fences

A secondary street fence is a wall, screen or barrier that abuts a street boundary that is not the primary frontage (front fence) but which intersects with or adjoins that road, a right-of-way or battleaxe leg.

Please see the front and secondary fences fact sheet below for more information

Planning requirements

Secondary street fences must be visually permeable above 1.2m from natural ground level for 50% of the length of the street boundary, right of way or access leg and shall allow surveillance from an outdoor living area and/or major opening.

The Residential Design Codes define visually permeable as:

  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps of 50mm or greater width, occupying not less than one third of the total surface area
  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps less than 50mm width, occupying at least one half of the total surface area in aggregate
  • A surface offering equal or lesser obstruction to view.

Where secondary street fencing does not meet the planning requirements, a development (planning) application can be lodged.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Schedule of Fees.

Building permit requirements

A building permit is required for a fence that is masonry and more than 750mm in height and/or if any part of the fence is more than 0.5m in height and will be used as a retaining wall.

A building permit is also required if the fence is constructed of masonry and more than 750mm in height, and if material other than masonry is used and exceeds 1.8m in height.

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services Schedule of Fees.

Structural requirements for a masonry fence

The design of the masonry fence shall meet the requirements of a practising structural engineer.

Swimming pool barrier requirements

In addition to the minimum planning and building requirements, front fences that are to be used as a swimming pool barrier will need to comply with AS1926.1 Swimming pool safety. For further information refer to swimming pool barriers and approvals.

Ancillary dwelling (granny flats) – approval requirements

Ancillary dwelling (granny flats) – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define an ancillary dwelling, also known as a granny flat, as a:

“Self contained dwelling on the same lot as a single house which may be attached to, integrated with or detached from the single house.”

Ancillary dwellings cannot be constructed on the same lot as a grouped dwelling where there is common property.

Planning requirements

Ancillary dwellings must:

  • Be located on the same lot as a single house. The lot area must not be less than 450m² (the City’s Online Maps can be used to determine a lot area);
  • Have a maximum floor area of 70m²;
  • Provide an additional car bay (in addition to car parking provided for the main dwelling) where the property is not within 800m of a train station, or 250m from a high frequency bus route;
  • Comply with all other R-Code provisions and requirements of the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy and/or structure plan as they apply to single houses, with the exception of site area, street surveillance and outdoor living areas; and
  • Where visible from the street, complement the existing house by way of scale, roof design, detailing, window size, material and colours in accordance with the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy.

Where the Ancillary Dwelling does not satisfy these requirements (with the exception of being located on the same lot as a single house, which cannot be varied) the applicant may apply for an assessment against the relevant Design Principles of the R-Codes. The City will then review the proposal to determine if it is able to be supported or not.

Please note that it is generally considered by the City that an ancillary dwelling with a plot ratio area of more than 70m² does not meet the Design Principles of the R-Codes.

An ancillary dwelling can be rented out separately to the main house, subject to meeting the definition of dwelling under the Residential Design Codes.

Approval requirements

An Application for Development Approval is required for ancillary dwellings which do not meet the above requirements.

A building permit application is required for all ancillary dwellings.

Garage – approval requirements

Garage – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define a garage as:

Any roofed structure, other than a carport, designed to accommodate one or more motor vehicles and attached to the dwelling.”

If the garage is not attached to the main house, it is classified as an outbuilding.

Planning requirements

The planning requirements for garages are set out in the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy , Residential Design Codes (R-Codes). These requirements include:

  • Setback from the primary street (street that house faces) of 4.5 metres, and 0.5 metres behind the dwelling alignment
  • Setback from the side boundary of one metre (wall length less than 9.0 metres) or 1.5 metres (wall length longer than 9.0m). A boundary wall may be permitted if there are no other boundary walls on the property, and subject to the height and length requirements of the Residential Design Codes
  • The design of the garage matching the house in terms of materials, colour, roof pitch and design
  • The garage for a single storey dwelling not occupying more than 50% of the frontage

Should your house be located in a structure plan area, additional requirements may apply.

Approval requirements

Development (planning) approval will be required where the requirements of the R-Codes, Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or structure plan (if applicable) are not met. An application will need to demonstrate that the garage meets the objectives, or design principles.

A building permit application is required for all garages.

 

Liquor licence: Section 39 and 40 certificates

Liquor licence: Section 39 and 40 certificates

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is responsible for issuing liquor licences. As part of this process, you maybe asked to provide a Section 39 and Section 40 certificate from the local government. These certificates demonstrate compliance with:

  • Environmental health and building legislation (Section 39)
  • Town planning matters (Section 40)

Lodging an application

You can lodge an application:

Online (preferred) – please refer to the City’s e-application service and select Environmental Health applications or Planning applications.

Or by completing a Section 39 Certificate and/or a Section 40 Certificate and submitting it:

  • In person – visit the City of Joondalup Administration Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.
  • By post – PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Section 40 application requirements

  • Detailed site plan demonstrating the location of premises to be licensed.
  • Floor plan showing the internal layout of the premises, demonstrating the area of the premises to which the liquor licence will apply.
  • Application fee, in accordance with the Planning Services Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Section 39 application requirements

  • Application fee, in accordance with the Environmental Health Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Home Business

Home Business

A home business is a business operating at home by a resident of the property.

There are three types of home businesses under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3):

  • Home Office
  • Home Occupation
  • Home Business

Home businesses must be operated in accordance with the City’s Home Business Local Planning Policy.

Planning requirements

An Application for Development (Planning) Approval is required for all Home Businesses with the exception of:

  • A Home Office.
  • A Home Occupation
  • A Home Business within the Mixed Use or Commercial zone which meets all requirements of the Home-based Business Local Planning Policy.

Refer to the Development (Planning) Application Checklist – Home Business for information on application requirements.

Environmental health requirements

Depending on the type of business you are operating, an environmental health approval may be required. This includes:

Building Permit application requirements

A building permit application may also be required if there is a change of building classification. To confirm if an application is required, please place your request in writing to the City’s Building Services, outlining what the business is and what room(s) in the house will be used.

 

Development Assessment Panel (DAP)

Development Assessment Panel (DAP)

A Development Assessment Panel (DAP) is an independent decision-making body for some larger scale development (planning) applications. These panels are comprised of technical experts and elected local government representatives.

The DAP for the City of Joondalup is the Metro Outer Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Type of DAP applications

DAPs are generally responsible for determining development applications where the cost of development:

  • is $10 million in value or higher, excluding a warehouse development (mandatory DAP applications).
  • is between $2 million and $10 million (or a warehouse development with a value of $2 million or greater) and an applicant has elected for the DAP to determine the application.
  • for residential development, the proposal includes 10 or more dwellings.

DAP process

It is recommended applicants email Planning Services to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting prior to submitting a DAP application.

Local Governments are responsible for receiving, assessing, and reporting on all DAP applications. Where an application is required to be determined by a DAP the City will forward the application to the DAP secretariat upon receipt, and will then provide a report to the DAP following a technical assessment of the proposal.

Further information on DAPs, their roles and responsibilities and relevant fees are available from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Change of land use approval requirements

Change of land use approval requirements

On 18 December 2020, the Planning Regulation Amendment Regulations 2020 were gazetted by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). These amendments introduce various improvements to local planning processes and the first stage of these changes became operational on 15 February 2021. In the context of development applications, the amendments generally relate to the following:

  • Exemption of small residential developments (such as some patios, water tanks, cubby houses etc)
  • The introduction of a ‘deemed-to-comply’ check process so a preliminary assessment can be undertaken by the local government to determine if planning approval is required for single houses
  • Removing the need for planning approval for certain change of use applications.

The Regulation amendments will mean some of the City’s processes will change, so people who frequently do business with the City’s Planning Services may find the assessment process different to normal practice. This includes (but not limited to) requiring all of the necessary information up-front as part of the application and the City only sending one ‘request for information’ for non-complex applications to address any issues identified during the assessment.

In addition, some of the City’s policies and information sheets will be superseded by the changes introduced by WAPC. The City is currently in the process of updating the City’s documents, but in the meantime, if any inconsistency exists between the Regulations and City’s information, the Regulations will prevail.

As a result, certain development which currently requires planning approval may be exempt from 15 February 2021. For further information on the specific exemptions under the Amendment Regulations, please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website or contact the City’s Planning Services on 9400 4100.

A change of use refers to a modification to an approved land use for a particular site, or specific tenancy or unit. An example would be changing a ‘Shop’ tenancy to a ‘Restaurant’.

Changing the use of a particular site or tenancy may require:

Local housing strategy – building in a housing opportunity area

Local housing strategy – building in a housing opportunity area

All buildings proposed at the higher density in Housing Opportunity Areas must be designed having regard to the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3), Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy and the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).

It is recommended that a land owner engage the services of a suitably qualified architect, designer or draftsperson to assist in both, designing the development and the approval process.

In order to ensure that developments meet the requirements of the Residential Development Local Planning Policy and R-Codes, a development (planning) approval may include conditions that are required to be met as part of the construction and prior to occupation of the new dwellings.

Conditions specific to development in Housing Opportunity Areas may relate to:

  • Landscaping and designated street tree zones within the verge
  • Landscaping and lighting of common property areas in grouped or multiple dwelling developments
  • Establishing additional visitor parking or on-street car parking
  • Crossover location and design.

Bushfire prone areas – approval requirements

Bushfire prone areas – approval requirements

A bushfire prone area is an area identified as being at risk of bushfire as designated by the State Government.

These areas can be seen on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

Requirement for a bushfire attack (BAL) assessment

If you are proposing to build or start a business in a bushfire prone area you will need to undertake a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment before commencing any works. These assessments are undertaken by a qualified Bushfire Practitioner. Depending on the outcome of the BAL assessment additional construction measures may be required to provide additional protection against bushfires.

The additional requirements for developing in a bushfire prone area applies to new works only and are not applied retrospectively.

Building a house in a bushfire prone area

A BAL assessment is required to be submitted with your building permit application if you are building a house in a bushfire prone area.

For grouped or multiple dwelling developments, a BAL assessment is required to be submitted with your development (planning) application.

If you are proposing a single house or ancillary dwelling in an area of extreme bushfire risk (i.e. BAL-40 or BAL-FZ) you will also need to obtain development (planning) approval if the lot is greater than 1,100 square metres. This is irrespective whether or not all other planning requirements have been met.

Other development in a bushfire prone area

If you are proposing any other new development in a bushfire prone area, you will need to undertake a BAL assessment and this must be submitted with a development (planning) application.

Further information

It is strongly recommended that you view the information on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website. This provides a series of fact sheets that will provide more detailed information on the reforms and how they may affect any development you may be considering.

Relevant contacts in relation to each element of the reform work being undertaken are listed below should you wish to seek further information.

Planning Policy Framework and LPS Amendment Regulations

Department of Planning
Ph: (08) 6551 9000

Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas

Office of Bushfire Risk Management
Ph: (08) 9395 9538

Building Regulations and application of AS 3959 building construction standards

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety
Ph: 1300 489 099

Lodge a building, planning or environmental health application online

Lodge a building, planning or environmental health application online

Lodge your application

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Lodging your application online is simple and convenient and allows you to track your application through the process.

The following applications can be lodged:

Planning applications:

  • Development (planning) application
  • Joondalup Design Review Panel application
  • Deemed-to-comply application
  • Subdivision clearance application
  • Section 40 Certificates (liquor licence)
  • Form 15A and 15C built strata application.

Building applications:

  • Building permit application – certified (BA1)
  • Building permit application – uncertified (BA2)
  • Demolition permit application – BA5
  • Occupancy permit application – BA9
  • Occupancy permit strata application – BA11
  • Building approval certificate application – BA13
  • Building approval certificate strata application – BA15.

Environmental health applications:

  • Food business registration
  • Skin penetration/hairdresser application
  • Trader’s permit application
  • Street market application
  • Food business registration cancellation
  • Public building event application
  • Section 39 certificate (liquor licence).

After lodgement

Once an application is received by the City, it is checked to ensure all required information (outlined on the relevant checklist) has been provided.

If there is information missing, the application is returned to enable the applicant to complete before resubmitting.

If the required information is provided, you will be sent an invoice for payment of the application fees. Once payment is received, the application is formally accepted and will be allocated to an officer for assessment.

Acknowledgement of application and payment of fees

Once an application has been accepted, an acknowledgement email will be sent to the applicant. This will include an invoice for the application fee.

The application fee can be paid online. All fees must be paid in full before the application will be progressed.

Tracking the progress of online applications

The progress of applications lodged can be viewed online.

Once your application has been accepted, it will appear in the “Accepted Applications” box. If you select the “track” link or the “show all” tab, you can see each event as the application is progressed. You must be logged on to use this service.

 

Patio – approval requirements

Patio – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define a patio as: “An unenclosed structure covered in a water impermeable material which may or may not be attached to a dwelling”.

For structures that have roofing that is permeable to water refer to Pergolas, shade sails and vergolas.

A patio may require development (planning) approval or a building permit prior to be being built.

Planning requirements

On a residential lot, a patio will require development (planning) approval where it is not exempt, or does not meet the requirements of the R-Codes, Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or structure plan (if applicable).

Development approval for a patio to a single house or grouped dwelling is not required when:

  • It is not visible from the street
  • The wall/post height is lower than 3.5m in height from natural ground level
  • The posts and roof are setback a minimum of 500mm for a side or rear boundary (with the exception of a street boundary where the R-Code setback applies)
  • The cumulative length of the patio, and any attached structures are setback less than 1m from the boundary, does not exceed 9m in length
  • All other requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes or the replacement requirements of the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, a requirement of an applicable structure plan, or other local planning policy.

Generally, development approval for a patio is required when:

  • It is visible from the street and designed to match the house
  • It is at the front of a property and does not meet the minimum or average setbacks to the street required under the R-Codes
  • It is setback less than 1.5m to a side or rear boundary for a patio length greater than 9m
  • It increases the existing natural ground level by more than 0.5 m (for example, if decking is proposed)
  • It covers more than 1/3 of the minimum outdoor living area required under the R-Codes.

Additional requirements may also apply if the subject property is located within a structure plan area.

Patios to all multiple dwellings, commercial developments or caravan parks will require development (planning) approval.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services fees and charges.

Development (planning) approval is required before a building permit can be issued.

Building permit requirements

A patio that is not freestanding (that is attached to a structure or building) will require a building permit.

If a patio is freestanding and doesn’t exceed 10m² and is not more than 2.4m in height, it will not require a building permit. All other freestanding patios that do not comply with these requirements will require a building permit.

Building permit application forms (certified or uncertified) are available from the Building Commission’s website.

Certified building permit applications must be accompanied with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Please refer to the City’s Uncertified Building Application Checklist – Patio (Class 10a) for information required to be provided with the building permit application (BA2 form).

Fees are in accordance with the Building services fees and charges.

Development (planning) application – application process

Development (planning) application – application process

On 18 December 2020, the Planning Regulation Amendment Regulations 2020 were gazetted by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). These amendments introduce various improvements to local planning processes and the first stage of these changes became operational on 15 February 2021. In the context of development applications, the amendments generally relate to the following:

  • Exemption of small residential developments (such as some patios, water tanks, cubby houses etc),
  • The introduction of a ‘deemed-to-comply’ check process so a preliminary assessment can be undertaken by the local government to determine if planning approval is required for single houses, as well as
  • Removing the need for planning approval for certain change of use applications.

The Regulation amendments will mean some of the City’s processes will change, so people who frequently do business with the City’s Planning Services may find the assessment process different to normal practice. This includes (but not limited to) requiring all of the necessary information up-front as part of the application and the City only sending one ‘request for information’ for non-complex applications to address any issues identified during the assessment.

In addition, some of the City’s policies and information sheets will be superseded by the changes introduced by WAPC. The City is currently in the process of updating the City’s documents, but in the meantime, if any inconsistency exists between the Regulations and City’s information, the Regulations will prevail.

As a result, certain development which currently requires planning approval may be exempt from 15 February 2021. For further information on the specific exemptions under the Amendment Regulations, please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website or contact the City’s Planning Services on 9400 4100.

Lodgement

Once an application has been lodged with 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.

Acknowledgement of application

If the development (planning) 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 the application will commence once fees have been paid in full.

Following payment of your application fee, an email or letter acknowledging receipt of the application will be sent.

Assessment of application, site visit and consultation

Once an application has been acknowledged, an Urban Planner will assess the application taking into consideration the relevant planning requirements. This includes the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3 (LPS3), the R-Codes (for residential development), and any relevant structure plans and local planning policies.

It is common for City officers to visit a property during the assessment process. This is to assist in determining the potential impact a proposal may have on the street or adjoining property. Should an inspection be required the City may contact the landowner to arrange a suitable time.

As part of the assessment of an application, the City may need to advertise the application for public comment.

The applicant will be contacted directly if further information or amendments are required after an assessment is undertaken.

Decision on application

Following the application being assessed and resolution of any issues, the decision on the application will be issued. The decision letter and plans will be sent to the applicant.

Most applications are able to be determined by City officers under delegated authority. This generally includes residential applications and minor commercial development. Some applications may need to be referred to Council or the State Government for determination. After a full assessment has been completed the City will notify the applicant if an application requires determination by Council or the State Government.

Timeframe

The City endeavours to process 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.

The City statutory timeframes for the processing of development (planning) applications are:

  • 60 days to determine applications where no consultation is required
  • 90 days if any consultation is required.

These timeframes may be extended in agreement with the applicant.

If a development (planning) application has been lodged online, the progress of the application can be tracked through the City’s eApplication service.

If any application has been lodged in person or via post, please contact the City’s Planning Services for updates. It is recommended that applicants wait four weeks before contacting the City for an update to allow time for your application to be progressed.

To assist the City in processing 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 is provided promptly.