To understand how planning, building and health approvals are linked and might affect your application, please view the Approvals processes and timelines.
Need general advice?
For general advice on planning and building, please refer to the City’s website or call (08) 9205 8555. The City has duty planners and building surveyors available from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, to discuss general development matters.
The City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 outlines what development can take place within the City’s boundaries.
How do I know if I need approval?
A development application is required for works that are not exempted under the City’s Planning Framework. For further information on development applications please
contact the City’s planning officers or call (08) 9205 8555.
How long does a planning approval take?
General time frames for the assessment and determination of development applications are set by the state government. The City has 60 days after lodgement to determine non advertised applications and 90 days after lodgement for advertised applications. Applicants have a right of review through the State Administrative Tribunal if the City has not determined an application after these dates. The City endeavours to assess and determine development applications in a timely manner and in many cases determines applications well before the required time frames.
Need advice prior to lodging a development application?
The City provides the opportunity for customers to obtain pre-lodgement advice prior to lodging a development application.
Want to look for yourself?
The City’s planning legislation and documents and planning checklists and information sheets are available online.
Want a visual guide?
Access the City’s mapping system to search your property, its zoning and other useful information.
How do I lodge?
Development applications can be lodged with the City online or lodged in person at the City’s Administration building.
What do I need to provide when I lodge?
For further details, view the City’s development application checklist.
The Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012 provide a comprehensive system of building control and sets standards for building work in WA.
Do I need building approval?
Most building works require building approval prior to any works being undertaken. There are some exemptions that do not require a building permit and this information
can be found within the Building Regulations schedule 4, or you may wish to contact the City for further information.
How long will it take to get my approval?
The following assessment timeframes are in accordance with the Building Act 2011:
- Certified building permit applications (BA1 Form): 10 business days (excluding public holidays)
- Uncertified building permit applications (BA2 Form): 25 business days (excluding public holidays).
Click here for further information on the type of building applications.
What documents do I need to provide?
As the building works will be completed within a commercial building, you need to speak to a Building Surveyor Contractor. A list of private contractors can be found here. Your surveyor will advise what documents they require prior to lodging your full application with the City.
How can I lodge my application?
You may lodge your full application electronically here, or in person at the City’s Administration building.