Do I need development approval?

Exemption from Development Approval Verification Service

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 have removed the requirement for development approval for some forms of residential development within certain areas of the Town where they comply with all relevant planning requirements. The forms of development which may be exempt from development approval include:

  • Construction of a single house (new or additions).
  • Construction of an ancillary dwelling (associated with a single house).
  • Construction of an outbuilding, patio, pergola, front fence, or carport.

Please be aware that the exemption from development approval applies only where the development is fully compliant with the Residential Design Codes or those deemed-to-comply-requirements of the R-Codes that are varied by the Town’s Local Planning Policy – Streetscape and Local Planning Policy – Boundary Walls.

Exemption verification process

In order to assist landowners and applicants in determining whether or not a proposed development is exempt from the requirement for development approval, the Town is offering a verification service which will provide you with confirmation of whether or not your proposed development complies with relevant planning requirements and is exempt from development approval. The cost of this service is $73.

How do I apply?

The Request for Verification of Exemption from Development Approval form can be found on our Forms and fees page. The request form can be lodged with the Town electronically by sending all the required documents to or by lodging the request in person at the Town’s administration building at 99 Shepperton Road, Victoria Park.

The request form needs to be lodged along with a site plan, floor plan, elevations and a Colours and Materials Schedule form (also found on our Forms and fees page) for the proposal.  The fee will need to be paid in full prior to the request being processed by the Town. This payment can be made using the credit card authorisation form for e-mailed requests, or over the counter if lodged at the Town offices.

What's the process?

Within 5 to 10 working days a Planning Officer will assess whether the proposed development is compliant with relevant planning requirements, and:

  • If compliant – a Verification Certificate will be issued, which you can then use to accompany your application for a building permit, where one is required for the proposed works; or
  • If non-compliant – you will be provided with an advice letter listing the non-compliant items which render the proposal ineligible for the exemption from development approval.

Where non-compliant, the proposal can either be amended to comply with all requirements, or a development application will need to be lodged for the proposed development.

This application is required to be in the form of a standard development application, with all relevant forms, plans and documentation being lodged with the Council. Please note that the $73 fee paid in respect to your initial verification request will be credited towards the applicable development application fee, where development approval is required.


Please contact the Town’s Urban Planning Business Unit on (08) 9311 8111 and ask to speak to the Duty Planner, or send an e-mail to for further information.