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City Of Bayswater

Planning Approvals

From 1 August 2018 all planning and building applications are to be lodged electronically

Electronic Lodgement of Development Applications (Guide).

Lodgement of development applications is planned to transition to online lodgement through the City's website at a future date, and will replace paper based and electronic lodgement methods once available.

This stage of the e approvals project to accept only electronic lodgement from 1 August 2018 is consistent with a more contemporary approach to administration of planning and building applications and will save enormous reams of paper in the process!

Providing electronic files allows the City to upload your application details into our document management system and allows email exchange. This expedites the development assessment process as it enables all application details to be directly available to others. It also provides the community with easy access to application details to assist in their understanding of proposals.

Planning Approval Procedure and Requirements

A person proposing any form of development is required to make an application to Council for planning approval before obtaining a building licence or commencing operation of a use.

Is Planning Approval Required?

Generally a planning application to the Council will be required when:

  • there is a requirement under a town planning scheme for a planning application to be made
  • one or more requirements of the codes are not met

In the City of Bayswater, Single House developments generally do not require Planning Approval under the Scheme. However as all residential development is required to comply with the Codes, where they do not, and the development is seeking discretion under the codes, an application shall be made in accordance with the Codes Approval Application Form.

The City of Bayswater is committed to streamlining the planning approval process wherever possible, therefore it is suggested that the following steps are followed.

Step 1

As good design begins with a clear understanding of the site and its immediate surroundings, applicants are encouraged to prepare a site analysis plan in accordance with the R Codes. This along with a sketch proposal may be discussed with Council’s Planning Officers prior to a detailed planning application being submitted

NOTE: Information provided at the Counter is general and a full and complete assessment will only be undertaken on submission of a completed planning application or building licence

Step 2

In the interest of good neighbour relation the Codes encourage consultation with neighbours regarding any proposed development, particularly where such development has the potential to adversely effect an adjoining property.

Step 3

For Council submission of your application, full and accurate documentation and plans of the proposal should be provided which clearly represents the intended development.

For full details of the required documentation see Information to be Submitted with a Planning Application.

Following the above steps will avoid unnecessary delays in processing the application.

The Application Process

Upon receipt of a planning application, one of Council’s Planning Officers will undertake an assessment of the proposed development. Further information will be sought where necessary.

If the proposal complies with all aspects of the Council’s Town Planning Scheme and Policies and any other relevant Policy or Act of the State Government, approval may be issued under delegated authority.

Where a proposed development varies from any of these Schemes, policies or regulations, the proposal must be submitted to Council for consideration. Council holds meetings at the end of each month, however for an application to be considered in this monthly meeting, it must meet the agenda deadline. Please contact the City’s Planning Officers for further information on meeting and agenda dates.

In considering an application for planning approval, the Council may grant approval, with or with such conditions as it considers necessary or refuse to grant its approval. The applicant has a right of appeal against any decision of refusal or any condition imposed on a planning approval.

Further Information

Prior the submission of a planning application, applicants are encouraged to discuss the proposal with Council’s Planning Officers. Please contact Council’s Planning and Development Services for further information.
Phone: (08) 9272 0622
Fax: (08) 9272 0665
e-mail: mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au  
web: www.bayswater.wa.gov.au

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