Planning FAQs

HOW CAN I FIND ZONING INFORMATION?

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7) is the key document used to guide land use and development within the district.

It specifies the zoning for each property on the Scheme Maps. The Scheme Text provides the objectives for each zone, and outlines a range of development standards depending on the type and location of the development or land use.

The LPS7 Text is to be read with the Scheme Maps, State Planning Policies, and the applicable Local Planning Policies and Strategies.

If you wish to lodge a request for planning advice regarding any specific planning matter, please complete the Information Request Form linked below. Once received, the request will be processed at a fee of $73.00 – you can complete the relevant Planning Information Request Form online.

Planning Applications & Forms

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MINING TENEMENTS?

Mining Tenement applications are administered under the Mining Act 1978 and the Mining Regulations 1981 by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Corrective Services and Industrial Relations, who is supported by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).

Depending on the type of mining tenement applied for, in accordance with the requirements of Section 64A of the Mining Regulations 1981, the Shire may receive a notice of the application where the area is within the Shire boundary.

You can be notified about mining tenements by joining the Shire’s Planning Mailing List – however, as mining tenement applications are administered and assessed by DMIRS, any questions, submissions or comments on the notices must be made directly to DMIRS. The relevant DMIRS contact details are available below.

www.dmp.wa.gov.au www.dmirs.wa.gov.au

DMIRS Head Office (East Perth):

  • Mineral Titles, Tenements, Miner's rights, Tengraph, Prospecting and Fossicking, Maps.
  • Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth, WA, 6892.
  • (08) 9222 3626

DMIRS South West Regional Office (Bunbury):

  • 8th Floor, 61 Victoria Street, Bunbury, WA, 6230
  • (08) 9722 2888

 

Should you wish to join the electronic mailing list to be directly notified when the Shire receives a mining tenement application, please provide your email address below:


 
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Alternatively, information relating to the area and details of Tenement applications can be viewed via the DMIRS GeoVIEW Database.

  • Information relating to the area and details of Tenement applications can be viewed via the DMIRS GeoVIEW Database: geoview.dmp.wa.gov.au

  • Information around Live and Pending Mining Tenement applications are made available on the DMIRS’ “TENGRAPH” web service: TENGRAPH (dmp.wa.gov.au)

  • In addition, the Mineral Titles online provides further details of mineral exploration and mining tenements: Mineral Titles Online (MTO) (dmp.wa.gov.au)

Information around Live and Pending Mining Tenement applications are made available on the DMIRS’ TENGRAPH web service, which is database that provides information related to mining tenements in WA. For any further information, questions, or clarifications regarding the information within the TENGRAPH database, you will need to contact DMIRS directly.

In addition, the Mineral Titles Online (MTO) provides further details of mineral exploration and mining tenements.

CURRENT TENEMENTS WITHIN THE SHIRE

To view a current list of mining tenements relevant to the Shire, you will need to access the DMIRS database – TENGRAPH.

The TENGRAPH database provides information related to mining tenements in Western Australia, and specifically the two key stages of application outlined below:

  • Applied for Pending - Public (hatched blue on the mapping)
    • A tenement application that has been submitted to DMIRS and is awaiting a determination (i.e. approval or refusal) and is ‘Pending’.

  • Live Tenement (hatched green on the mapping)
    • A tenement application that has been approved / granted by DMIRS and is now ‘Live’.

Stuck on accessing the information? Here's a guide for your convenience:

A Guide to Accessing Tengraph Tenement Information

For any further information, questions, or clarifications regarding the information within the TENGRAPH database, you will need to contact DMIRS directly.

IS DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL THE SAME AS A BUILDING PERMIT?

No, Development (Planning) Approval and a Building Permit are two separate processes regulated under different legislation. Development Approval grants permission for a development or land use whereas a Building Permit relates to the structural integrity and construction of development. If Development Approval is required, this will need to occur before you apply for a Building Permit.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PLANNING POLICIES?

Our Planning Policies are available online to view in our Documents & Publications.

View our Local Planning Policies

HOW DO I APPLY FOR DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL?

An application form with relevant documentation and information is to be submitted to the Shire for assessment. Below is a link to the Development Application Form that is available online, and an Application Checklist that also available that outlines the necessary information for submission.

Planning Documents & Forms

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted for processing.

HOW LONG DOES A DEVELOPMENT (PLANNING) APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?

Depending on whether the proposal needs to be advertised or not, the Shire has 60 to 90 days to determine an Application for Development (Planning) Approval. This is consistent with the timeframes set by the State.

WHERE CAN I GET AN APPLICATION FORM?

You can get started online at any time - alternatively, you can get a hard copy of the form from the Shire Administration Office (1 Bentley Street, Donnybrook)

Planning Documents & Forms

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PLANNING AT THE SHIRE?

Please complete a Planning Information Request Form if you would want to receive any further planning information. Please be aware that if you wish to lodge this request for information, a fee of $73.00 will be charged.

Planning Documents & Forms

Planning Fees & Charges (2023-2024)