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?

Development exempt from development approval

Certain types of development are exempt from requiring development approval in Western Australia.

Summary of development approval exemptions

  • Internal building works (unless heritage listed)
  • Erection or extension of a compliant single house*
  • Erection or extension of a compliant  additions including an ancillary dwelling, outbuilding, boundary wall, patio, garage, carport on the same lot as a single house or grouped dwelling*
  • Demolition of a single house, ancillary dwelling, outbuilding, boundary wall, patio, garage or carport (unless heritage listed)
  • Temporary works or use in existence for less than 48 hours
  • Installation of a sign compliant with the Council's Local Planning Policy 38 - Signs
  • A permitted "P" use without any works component
  • A home office. 

* Please note a compliant single house or additions only applies where the development is fully compliant with the Residential Design Codes, including those deemed-to-comply-requirements of the R-Codes that are varied by the Council's Local Planning Policy 25 - Streetscape and Council's Local Planning Policy 26 - Boundary Walls.

The above list is a simplified guide only, and certain circumstances may result in the above items still requiring development approval. Examples include development located in a bushfire prone area, special control area, or heritage listed place. Please refer directly to the Schedule 2, clause 61 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 for the full list of exemptions and any associated conditions and/or qualifying requirements. 

In addition to the above exemptions, the Council's Local Planning Policy 32 - Exemptions from Development Approval, provides further exemptions specific to the Town of Victoria Park. 

Please note: from Monday 15 February 2021 the list of development which are exempt from development approval has expanded as part of the State Government's Planning Reform action to cut unneccessary red tape. Please refer to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website for further information. Council's Local Planning Policy 32 - Exemptions from Development Approval will be updated to incorporate these changes following its March 2021 Ordinary Council meeting.

Other Council approvals may be required

Where a development is exempt from requiring development approval, other Council approvals may still be required - such as a building permit, occupancy permit, crossover permit, work zone permit, public building approval or food business approvals.

Development approval exemptions

The Town of Victoria Park provides the following planning services to confirm whether your proposal is exempt from development approval. Please visit the Planning forms and checklists page for further information on how to apply.

Deemed to comply check - development approval exemption for Single Houses

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

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

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