Planning and Building Applications

If you are building, developing or changing the use of land you may need Planning, Building or Health approvals from the Shire.

Whether or not you will need approval depends on where your property is and what you want to do. Take a look at our Guidelines and Information Sheets page for advice before getting your project started. Contact our friendly team for advice about approvals before you start work.

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Development (Planning) Applications

How To Apply

All applications must include:

  • a Development Application Form
  • a Development Application Checklist
  • Plans and details relevant to the proposal (as outlined in the checklist)
  • Checklists and/or templates are available for:
    • Holiday Homes
    • Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds
    • Advertising Signage

Additional information may be required, depending on the proposal. 

Fees and charges are applicable.

If you are unsure where to start, please read through the information brochures, checklists available on our Guidelines and Information Sheets page. Alternatively, please contact our friendly Planning Services team for assistance.

Submitting Your Application

Development applications can now be submitted to our Planning Services team via the following methods:

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Building Applications

In addition to any planning approval requirements, most building works also require approval under the Building Code of Australia.

Achieving a building application approval is a two-step process that includes:

  • Certification the the proposed building is consistent with the construction standards of the Building Code; and
  • Granting of a permit to commence works

More information is available on our Building Services page. If you are unsure where to start, please read through the information brochures, checklists available on our Guidelines and Information Sheets page. Alternatively, please contact our friendly Planning Services team for assistance.

How to Apply

Building application forms can be found on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.

Fees and charges are applicable.

Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted via the following methods:

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Other Applications

Subdivision Applications

Applications to subdivide land are made directly to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

The Shire provides comments and recommendations on subdivision proposals guided by our local planning framework, but the responsibility for assessment and decision making rests with the Department. For more information, please contact the Albany Regional office.

Development Assessment Panels

Development Assessment Panels are independent decision-making bodies that provide an alternative pathway for the assessment of major development applications.

The Shire reports to, and is represented on, a Development Assessment Panel, but is not the decision maker.

For more information about development applications that qualify, the administration process and other details, please contact the Albany Regional office.

Crossovers

A crossover is the area of a property driveway that is within the public road reserve. As this is public land, Shire approval is required before building or upgrading your driveway within the crossover.

For more information or to apply for permission to build a crossover, please complete a Crossover Application Form or contact our Technical Services team.

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Fees & Charges

The Fees and Charges Schedule for Planning and Building is available at the link below.

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Contact

Our Planning, Building, Environmental Health and Technical Services teams can be reached at (08) 9848 0300 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au. 

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage can be reached at their Albany office on (08) 9892 7333 or info@dplh.wa.gov.au. 


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