Find out about health and environment issues and requirements related to planning and development in the City of Stirling. Information on acid sulfate soils, asbestos, food premises, noise, pollution and sustainable building design is available here.
Acid sulfate soils
Acid sulfate soils are naturally occurring soils containing iron sulfides, which are typically formed in organic waterlogged soils and sediments (such as peat). Exposure to air causes these sulfides to oxidise and produce sulfuric acid. This acid can then release heavy metals (including, arsenic, aluminium, iron and other metals) and nutrients from the soil profile. These contaminants released from the soils can cause significant environmental harm and economic problems such as degradation of the natural environment, loss of land productivity and damage to infrastructure.
Where development applications are submitted for sites identified as containing acid sulfate soils, the City of Stirling may request the applicant submit and Acid Sulfate Soils Applicant Self-Assessment Form (available on the Department of Environment and Conservation website).
You can download the form and obtain more detailed information about acid sulfate soils from the Department of Environment and Conservation website.
Sustainable building design
The Western Australian Government is encouraging a shift towards more environmentally responsive housing to help reduce energy and water consumption.
The State Government is giving consideration to a development tool that will help to achieve these reductions. The tool is a modified version of the Building Sustainability Index tool (BASIX) that was developed in New South Wales.
A trial of the tool is proposed for residential development within the Perth Metropolitan Area.
For further details please contact the Department of Planning .
Health and compliance
Visit the ‘Forms, fees and information sheets’ web page for information on:
- Asbestos assessment
- Health services
- Food services and premises
- Environmental pollution.