Local Law Permits – Proposals involving Shire land

1.            When is a local law permit required?

It is a requirement to obtain a permit before undertaking a range of activities on Shire owned or managed land under the following local laws:

  • Activities in Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Local Law 2010
  • Local Government Property Local Law 2013

2.            What requires a permit?

A range of activities require a permit under the local laws. It is difficult to define a common theme to the activities that trigger the permit requirement and ultimately the relevant local law must be reviewed to ascertain specific requirements for a permit.

A common factor is where there is a use or action on Shire land that is to some extent exclusive in its inference of the public’s normal access or enjoyment of the relevant portion of that Shire land. This includes affixing, constructing or erecting any structure (ie: signs, sculptures, seating etc…).

The following non-exhaustive list provides an indication of the more common matters that require a permit under the local laws. The list is separated under the prescribed headings of the relevant Shire business unit responsible for processing permit applications for that matter:

Health - Events, Weddings, Sport Tournaments, Competitions or events

Governance - Trading, Food Vans, Commercial Classes or Workshops, Exercise or Sporting Classes or Equipment Hire

Infrastructure - Works, Road or thoroughfare obstruction or closure, Installing structures/development or physical alterations, Signs

3.          How to apply for a local law permit?

Permit applications are to be submitted in the prescribed form (see below) with the prescribed fee (non-refundable) as per the Shire’s Schedule of Fees and Charges. Due to the broad range of permit items ascertaining the correct fee in many instances requires consultation with a Shire officer. The application must clearly describe the proposal including diagrams and plans as appropriate.

Applications can be submitted over the counter at either the Margaret River or Augusta Shire office. Otherwise the application can be submitted electronically to: amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au and payment made over the phone by contacting 9780 5255.

NOTE: If the application includes a proposal that requires planning approval under Local Planning Scheme No.1 then an application for planning approval will be required before a permit application can be received and processed.

4.            Assessing and determining permit applications

The permit application is assessed by the responsible business unit in accordance with any relevant policies and/or procedures. On determining whether to refuse or grant the permit application (subject to conditions) the applicant shall receive notification of this from the Shire.

5.          Insurance requirements/conditions

Permit holders will be required to indemnify the Shire and obtain public liability insurance of at least $10,000,000 in respect of any liability arising from the permit holder’s use/activity.

6.          Permit application forms

Note: if there is not an application form below specific to your proposal then use the general permit application form:

General permit application form

Portable sign application form

Trading permit application form

Renewal or Variation of Trading Permit Application Form

Street Entertainer Permit Application Form

Clearing permit application form

For information regarding event permit applications Click Here

For information regarding mobile food business permits Click Here

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