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Keep up to date with the latest information regarding planning and development, whether it be changes to the state or local policy framework or opportunities to have your say on planning matters. Visit our ‘Stay Informed’ page here

Policies and documents

The Local Planning Scheme, Local Planning Strategy, Townsite Strategies, Local Planning policies and other key Planning documents are available for download in Publications.

Written Planning Advice, Planning and Building Search Request

Do you need written planning advice or information from the Shire or simply just a Planning and/or Building Search Request - click here to download form?

The Shire’s friendly Planning Services team routinely provide basic planning advice via phone or email. As we all know, having the right advice is essential to ensuring a successful project.

To allow for more in depth information to be provided the existing service is now being expanded so that detailed written advice can be provided for a small fee.

To obtain written planning information, just fill out the form provided including as much detail as you can about the nature of the advice you are seeking.

Please appreciate that written planning advice does not replace the assessment associated with the lodgement of a development application. While the advice is given in good faith, it in no way binds a future decision by the Council.

General information

Most proposed developments within the shire are assessed under the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Planning Scheme which:

  • aims to control and guide development and growth in a responsible manner; and
  • accommodates and responds to change.

Planning approval is required for any of the following application types:

  • Places with Heritage Significance
  • Changing the use of a building/premises
  • Increasing the floor area of an existing structure
  • Roof signs
  • Car parks or changes to the operation of car parks
  • Home Occupations (businesses conducted from home)
  • Three or more dwellings on a single site
  • All non-residential developments
  • Lapsed Development Approvals (approvals are generally valid for two years, after which a new application must be submitted)
  • Demolitions

The Shire is currently reviewing all Information Fact sheets which will be made available on the website when finalised.  For further information or to find out whether your proposal will require planning approval please contact the Planning Administration staff on 9780 5220.


Should you wish to make a complaint about development or use of land in the shire you will need to complete a Planning Complaints form and send it to Chief Executive Officer Shire of Augusta Margaret River PO Box 61 Margaret River WA 6285.

The Shire’s Legal Services Co-ordinator will investigate and respond to your complaint within 14 days of receipt of the complaint.

Further information

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Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


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