Do I need development approval?

Development approval

Development approval is generally required if you wish to develop, propose new works or change the use of your land.

What is exempt from requiring development approval?

A list of the types of development which are exempt from development approval is set out in Council's Local Planning Policy 32 - Exemptions from Development Approval. 

View Council's Local Planning Policy 32(PDF, 422KB)

Development approval exemptions

To assist, the Town of Victoria Park provides the following planning services to confirm in writing whether your proposal is exempt from development approval. 

Deemed to comply check - development approval exemption for Single Houses

What development types?

Proposals for single houses or extensions / renovations to existing single houses, where the deemed-to-comply requirements of the relevant planning framework are met (i.e. no variations proposed).

Exemption check process 

The Town's Urban Planning team will assess your development plans against the Residential Design Codes and Council's Local Planning Policy 25 - Streetscape and Council's Local Planning Policy 26 - Boundary Walls (which vary some provisions of the Residential Design Codes).

Following this assessment, you will be advised in writing within 14 days of the application being accepted, if the proposal is a) exempt from development approval and can proceed to a building permit application, or b) if development approval is required.

Application fee $295

Land use - development approval exemption check

What development types?

Proposals seeking to change the land use of a premises, which is listed as an exempt land use and no external works are proposed. For example, a premises changing its use from an 'Office' to a 'Restaurant / Cafe'.

Exemption check process 

The applicant is to complete a self-assessment checklist outlining key details about their proposed business. Within 7 days of lodging the self-assessment checklist, the Town's Urban Planning team will confirm whether your business proposal is exempt from development approval and you will be provided with a list of other Council approvals / permits which may be required. 

Notification will also be provided to the Place Leader for your area who will be in touch to welcome you to the Town of Victoria Park and provide the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your proposed development and how the Town’s various initiatives may help your business establish firm commercial foundations within our community.

No application fee

Written planning advice

What development types?

All other types of developments which are listed from development approval exemption under Council's Local Planning Policy 32. For example, minor residential structures (including sheds, carports and street fencing), sea containers and signage.

Exemption check process  

The Town's Urban Planning team will assess your development plans against the clause 61 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 and Council's Local Planning Policies. Following this assessment, you will be advised in writing within 14 days of the application being accepted, whether the proposal is exempt from development approval. 

Application fee $73

Please visit the Planning forms and checklists page for further information on how to apply.

Other Council approvals may be required

Whilst your proposal may be exempt from requiring development approval, please note that other Council approvals may still be required - such as a building permit, demolition permit, occupancy permit, crossover permit, work zone permit, verge permitpublic building approval, beauty therapy / hairdressing / body art approval or food business approvals. This depends on the specifics of your proposal, please contact the Town of Victoria Park for further information.