Development Assessment Panel

What is a DAP?

The Development Assessment Panel (DAP) is an independent decision-making body charged with the role of determining certain development applications. The Town of Victoria Park belongs to the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Information regarding current DAP members can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

DAP meetings are open to the public, and interested parties can address the meeting by submitting a Presentation Request at least 72 hours before the meeting.

DAP application types

There are three types of DAP applications:

  • mandatory applications
  • optional applications
  • applications to amend or cancel DAP determined applications.

Mandatory applications

Mandatory applications apply to proposed development that has an estimated cost of $10 million or more and is not an excluded development*. A mandatory application must be determined by a DAP and cannot be determined by a local government or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC)

Please note: Excluded development means the construction of a single dwelling, fewer than ten grouped dwellings or multiple dwellings, carports, patios, outbuildings or associated incidental development.

Optional applications

Optional applications apply to proposed development that has an estimated construction cost between $2 million and $10 million in value. In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to use the DAP process or have their application determined by the Town of Victoria Park (and/or the WAPC, if applicable).

Amended or cancelled applications

There may be occasions where the DAP development approval which was granted will need to be amended in some way. For instance, following approval of a DAP application, an application may be made to the DAP seeking to:

  • extend the period in which the development has to be substantially commenced
  • amend or delete a condition of development
  • amend an aspect of the development, in a manner which does not substantially alter the development that was approved
  • cancel the approval

For applications to amend or cancel an application, written justification must be provided outlining the reasons for the request in addition to normal information requirements.

Application process

All DAP applications are lodged with the relevant local authority. The local authority receiving the application will assess it as if it were a normal application and prepare a report containing recommendations (called a Responsible Authority Report) for the DAP to consider. Once completed, the report will be forwarded to the DAP Secretariat, which will circulate it amongst the DAP members responsible for the original determination.

A meeting will be scheduled and the DAP Secretariat will circulate agenda, copies of the application and supporting documentation, together with the responsible authority's report. The agenda will be available on the DAP and relevant local authority website. DAP meetings will be open to the public, and so any interested person can attend. However, only those persons invited to give a presentation to the DAP may address the DAP during the meeting.

People who have made a submission on the application during the public advertising process and who are in attendance at the meeting may be asked to make a short presentation to the DAP on their position regarding the application. Each member of the DAP who is present at a meeting of the panel is entitled to one vote on each matter. In the event of a deadlocked vote (which may occur if one member is absent from a meeting), the person presiding (either the presiding member or the deputy presiding member) will have the power to cast the deciding vote.

Following the meeting, the minutes of the meeting will be finalised and a determination letter on the development application will be sent to the applicant.

Further information on Development Assessment Panels, including procedures manuals and forms, please visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website

Upcoming DAP meetings


Current DAP applications

The Town is currently assessing and considering the following development applications which are to be determined by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.

For further information, please contact the Assessing Officer on (08) 9311 8111 or 

Address Proposal  Estimated Development Value Assessing Officer Current Status
No 218 Great Eastern Highway, Lathlain Mixed Use Commercial Development  $35 million  Sturt McDonald Responsible Authority Report due 19 October 2020
No 14 Leonard Street, Victoria Park Three StoreyMultiple Dwellings  $3 million  Alex Thamm Under assessment

Table last updated 29 June 2020

Determined DAP applications