Development Assessment Panel (DAP)

A Development Assessment Panel (DAP) is an independent decision-making body comprised of technical experts and elected local government representatives. These panels  determine development applications made under local and regional planning schemes, in the place of the original decision maker.

DAPs are mandatory in Western Australia, and a DAP is created for each local government that has a local planning scheme.

DAPs are responsible for determining development applications where the cost of the development is $10 million in value or higher. An applicant may also elect for a development with a value of between $2 million, and $10 million to be determined by the DAP.

Local Governments remain responsible for receiving, assessing, and reporting on all development applications. Where an application is required to be determined by a DAP, the Shire will forward the application to the DAP secretariat upon receipt, and will then provide a report to the DAP following a technical assessment of the proposal.

Further information on DAPs, their roles and responsibilities, application forms and fees can be found on the DAPs website.

The Shire of Exmouth implements a Development Assessment Panel (DAP) to act as an independent decision-making body in determining whether certain development applications should be approved in place of the Local Government Authority and/or the Western Australian Planning Commission. 

Each DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors. They have the power to determine applications for development which meet certain monetary value thresholds in place of the otherwise relevant decision-making authorities.

DAP came into effect at the Shire on 1 July 2011 in accordance with the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panel) Regulations 2011.

The Shire falls under the jurisdiction of the Kimberley/Pilbara/Gascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

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