Planning or development application process

The time taken to assess an application will vary depending on the complexity and nature of the proposal. The Shire will endeavor to determine an application within 60 days where there is no public advertising or agency referrals required and within 90 days where public advertising or agency referrals are required. It should be noted that this may vary depending on the number of active applications and officer workloads at any given time.

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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PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
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