Application Forms and Permits -  Planning (Development)

Applications for Planning Approval (Development) can be lodged via post or hand delivered to the Town's Administration Centre.  If you have travelled overseas recently or have any cold or flu like symptoms, we ask that you refrain from lodging a planning application in person during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect yourself and the Town's staff.   Should you have to visit the Administration Centre, please note that cash payment cannot be accepted.  The preferred method is EFTPOS, VISA, MASTERCARD or Cheque only.

In an effort to make a potentially confusing process a little more simple, the Town has provided a CHECKLIST which clearly states what is required with your application in order for it to be processed. 

Applications to amend planning approval requires a NEW application form to be submitted which clearly references the  planning approval you wish to amend. Please select APPLICATION FORM - Planning Approval and utilise the CHECKLIST to ensure that you have everything required for your submission.

Should you have any further queries regarding planning (development) applications, please view the Planning FAQ page.

New planning regulations streamline system

From 15 February 2021, homeowners and small businesses may be exempt from requiring planning approval for single homes, extensions and small projects such as cubby houses and patios.  The changes provide for a 'deemed-to-comply' check which allows local government to ensure compliance with the Residential Design Codes and Local Planning Scheme provisions, enabling development proposals to process straight to the building approval stage.

Advice on planning approval exemptions for Single Houses

The WAPC's Explanatory Guidelines - Deemed Provisions Clause 61A and the Application for Advice Form for Development approval exemptions for Single Houses can be found above.  All applications must be made to the Town together with payment of $295.

Applications for Determination by a Development Assessment Panel

All applications with a development value of $10 million and above are required to be determined by a Development Assessment Panel (DAP). Applicants also have the option for panel determination of applications with a development value between $2 million and $10 million. Each DAP consists of five members: the presiding member, two additional specialist members and two elected local government members. Application forms, an Applicant's Brochure and other information is available on the DAPs website at http://daps.planning.wa.gov.au.

Applications for Determination by a State Development Assessment Unit

All applications with a development value of $20 million and above, or are considered to be of state significance, can be determined by the State Development Assessment Unit (SDAU). The SDAU is a dedicated team within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) which administers the assessment and lodgement of SDAU applications. All SDAU applications are determined by the Western Australian Planning Commission. Application forms, details regarding community and agency consultation and other supporting information are available from the DPLH website at https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/sdau

Metropolitan Region Scheme - Form 1

Please use this form for planning applications requiring approval by the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Subdivision & Strata Applications

All subdivision applications are made to and determined by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). Should you have any enquiries regarding the general feasibility of your proposal (such as whether the site is of permissible size for subdivision) then please contact the Town's Planning Services on 9285 5000 or town@cottesloe.wa.gov.au prior to lodgement.