Town Planning Frequently Asked Questions


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.


How do I apply for Development Approval?

An application form with relevant documentation and information is to be submitted to the Shire for assessment. An Application for Development Approval Form and Application Checklist outlining the necessary information for submission is available here.


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?

All Planning application forms and fees can be found on the Shire’s website here. Alternatively, you can get a hard copy of a form from the Shire Office.


How do I find out more information about Planning at the Shire?

You may contact the Shire’s Planning Services on (08) 9780 4200 or via email at