In 2010/2011 the State Government introduced various legislation that established the operational framework for Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) in Western Australia. DAPs came into effect on the 1 July 2011.
What is a DAP?
A DAP is an independent decision-making body that determines certain development applications in the place of the original decision maker, such as local government and/or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). DAPs comprise of independent technical experts and elected local government representatives. Applications received with the Town of Victoria Park are determined by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (MCJDAP).
There are three types of DAP applications:
- Mandatory applications
- Optional applications
- Applications to amend or cancel DAP determined 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 WAPC.
*NB: 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 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; or
- 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.
All DAP applications are lodged with the relevant local authority. See below for forms and checklists relating to DAP applications.
See our Forms and fees page for information outlining the fee requirements.
The authority receiving the application will assess it as if it were a normal application and prepare a report containing recommendations 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.
If an applicant is not satisfied with the DAP determination they may apply to the SAT for a review of the decision. An application seeking review of a decision of a DAP application must be submitted within 28 days of the decision being made. An appeal can be made to the SAT in cases where the:
- Application has been refused
- Applicant is not satisfied with some or all of the conditions imposed and
- Application has not been determined within statutory time frames and is considered to be 'deemed refused' under the applicable local planning scheme and/or region scheme. There are no third party appeal rights and only the applicant can request the SAT to review a DAP decision. This means that a local government that disagrees with the DAP determination cannot apply to SAT for review. The DAP which made the decision is the respondent in any SAT review.
Further information on the development assessment panels, including procedures manuals and forms, please visit the Western Australian Planning Commission website. Any enquiries can be made to the DAP Secretariat on (08) 6551 9000 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agendas and minutes for DAP meetings are available online, please visit the Western Australian Planning Commission's website. See the 'Upcoming DAP meetings' section for current agendas.