Application for Development Approval

Development approval (also known as Planning approval) is required for most types of development and land use in the Shire of Exmouth. 

Development includes:

  • the erection, construction or demolition (some) of any building or structure (above or below ground)
  • building alterations or additions
  • excavation / fill works.

Most development/land use proposals require development approval from the local authority before they can proceed. To obtain development approval you need to lodge a development application with the Shire of Exmouth. The information below contains development application checklist and information sheets and aims to assist you in preparing and lodging a Development Application.

What needs to be submitted?

Development Application Information sheets

Please view the relevant information sheets for guidance on what is required.

Application for Development Approval and Checklist

When you are prepared to submit a development application, a copy of the Application for Development Approval form and the checklist of required supporting documentation can be downloaded here. Depending on the nature of your application additional information may be requested. 

Please ensure to provide the application and supporting documentation all together. The reasons for requiring complete applications include:

a) Information is required pursuant the Local Planning Scheme 4 (i.e. therefore required by law);
b) Assessment cannot be carried out by a planning officer until all information is received and
c) Complete information reduces delays arising from an incomplete application.

How to lodge an application?

Lodge your application using one of the following methods:

In Person:

At the Shire's administration office
Ningaloo Centre, 2 Truscott Crescent
Exmouth WA 6707

Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:15pm

By Post
Shire of Exmouth
PO box 21
Exmouth WA 6707

By E-mail

Please ensure to lodge the application and all the supporting documentation all together (if lodging via e-mail, it could be sent via several e-mails on the same day or via large file exchange link)

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 Local Planning Scheme No 4, 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 (e.g. 21 days).

Some applications may also require referral to other government authorities.

How long does it take to assess development applications?

The Planning Department has 60 statutory days (90 statutory days, if advertising and/or external consultation are required) in which to make a determination on an application for development 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.