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Where do I start?

Figuring out where to start on a project can be confusing. This page details the initial steps you should take before commencing your project. 

Do I need to lodge a Development Application and/or Building Permit?

The City can provide general information about whether your proposed development requires a Development Application (also known as ‘planning approval’) and / or a Building Permit.

To get started on your development journey, choose your type of development below to learn more about the requirements.

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Getting further advice

Getting the right advice and assistance prior to lodging an application is important to save your time and get your approval quicker. We recommend that you contact our experienced Development Services Team before submitting your application. We can save you time and help you submit a successful application. The City offers a range of difference advice services to suit your needs:

Planning advice

Duty Planner and Building Surveyor

The City provides general planning or building advice regarding the legislative planning and building requirements within the City of Stirling every day from 8.30am to 5.00pm for phone enquiries on (08) 9205 8555 or counter enquiries at the City’s Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street Stirling.

Tree advice

Free consultations with a qualified arborist are available for landowners planning development and who wish to retain an existing tree on their land. Advice can be provided on:

  • The trees age, health and Helliwell value
  • The location of the trees’ root system and what level of encroachment is possible without adverse effects
  • Materials and construction methods which can be used in the root zone to achieve your desired outcome while preserving the trees health
  • Site management during development to protect the tree and prevent damage and stress.

Complete the Arborist Assistance Request Form to request your free consultation

Copy of plans

Obtaining a copy of your existing house plans can be a great way to start planning your development. There are two ways to submit a request for copy of existing plans:

Online

To submit an online application, please use the eLodgement service below:

Online lodgement

If you'd prefer to submit your application offline, please use the form below:

Offline lodgement

This form can either be submitted in person at the City of Stirling Administration Building or sending the relevant documents by post to:

Development Services, 25 Cedric Street Stirling WA 6021

Please note that only property owners are able to request a copy of plans and all properties may not have any existing plans on record.

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Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Local Planning Scheme 3 - Policy Manual19.5MB (PDF)
Local Planning Scheme 3 - Text6.2MB (PDF)
6.11 Trees and Development Policy (Adopted by Council)231.4KB (PDF)