Planning or development application process

The time taken to assess an application will vary depending on the complexity and nature of the proposal. However an application will take no longer than 60 days where there is no public advertising required and no longer than 90 days where there is public advertising required.

The steps of the process are generally;

Step 1 Lodgement: The lodgement of application and payment of fees.

Step 2 Consultation: Comment from external bodies such as other government agencies is sometimes required (eg the Heritage Council, Main Roads). Comment from affected landowners and/or the local public is sometimes required.

Step 3 Assessment: Carried out by Planning Officer using AMRShire Planning Scheme, policies and references.

Step 4 DAU: Key Planning officers meet weekly to discuss and make recommendations on individual applications for delegated decisions. Meeting minutes for past DAU meetings are available online.

Step 5 Council meeting: If a delegated decision recommendation is not made at the DAU meeting, the application will be presented to Council for its consideration at a Council meeting.

Step 6 Applicant is notified: Applicant is notified of decision to either approve or refuse application.  

Application for retrospective development approval

If you have commenced or completed a development without the required Planning Approval you are still required to apply for Planning Approval.

A penalty application fee is applied which is higher than for an application for development that has not already commenced.
 

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