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Lodging an Application for Planning Approval

What Needs to be Submitted?

The following information needs to be submitted when lodging an application for planning approval.

1. Application form - Application for Planning Approval

2. Certificate of title of subject land

  • Note: All applications are required to be signed by the owner of the land or alternatively a letter of authorisation from the owner being submitted with the application.

3. Three (3) sets plans as follows;

  • Site plan showing:
    • Street names, lot number(s), north point and the dimensions of the site;
    • The location and proposed use of the site, including any existing buildings (and the use) to be retained and any proposed buildings to be erected on the site;
    • Proposed contours, finished floor levels, finished ground levels and the location and height of any retaining walls;
    • The existing and proposed means of access (including crossovers) for pedestrians and vehicles to and from the site;
    • The location, number, dimensions, and layout of all car parking spaces intended to be provided;
    • Details of fencing; and
    • Any on-site drainage
  • Floor plans of any proposed building showing the internal layout and the intended use of each room/area.
  • Elevations and sections of any building located on-site;
  • Any proposed signage

What Happens after an Application is Submitted?

The development application is registered and referred to the Planning department for processing. The application is assessed in accordance with the Shire of Exmouth Town Planning Scheme No 3, Residential Design Codes, State Planning Policies and relevant Local Planning Policies. If any additional information is required, the applicant will receive correspondence outlining the required information.

Where required, the application will also be referred to adjacent and nearby landowners and/or occupiers for comment. The minimum referral timeframe is 14 days, however in some cases, the referral timeframe may be longer (eg 21 days).

Some applications may also require referral to other government authorities.

How Long Does it take to Assess Planning Applications?

The Planning Department has 60 statutory days in which to make a determination on an application for planning approval. If a decision on a development application is not made within the relevant statutory timeframes, an automatic 'Deemed to be refused' notice can be issued. The relevant statutory timeframes can however be extended if the applicant agrees to this in writing, which will allow for the application to continue to be processed.