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Preliminary Planning Assessment

In October 2015 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (Regulations) came into effect.  As a consequence certain types of development (e.g. a single house) do not require development approval if it fully complies with all Town Planning Scheme No. 2, and State and Local Planning Policy requirements. The requirement to obtain a building permit prior to constructing will remain unchanged.

When applying for a building permit you will be required to provide a copy of the development approval issued previously or provide confirmation from a suitably qualified person that the proposed development complies with the applicable planning legislation.

To assist with expediting the process and provide an affordable service, the City introduced a ‘Deemed-to-Comply Check’ process.  This will enable residents and developers to obtain written confirmation from the City as to whether development approval is required.  Information regarding this process can be obtained from the Deemed-to-Comply Check section on the City’s website.

In cases where a development application is necessary the City has developed the Preliminary Planning Assessment system to assist landowners and applicants proposing any of the following forms of development, to identify any matters that may need to be addressed prior to lodging a formal development application. 

a) A new dwelling or commercial building;
b) Additions/extensions to an existing dwelling or commercial building; or
c) Ancillary accommodation.

This can help with providing more certainty as to whether a proposal is likely to be approved or refused.

The Preliminary Planning Assessment application and fee can be submitted by the applicant to the City via email which is to include the applicable credit card details for payment of the fee, or via the post or in person.  As an alternative to providing credit card details in writing, the applicant can pay the required fee by telephoning the City on 9273 3500.

The City will provide comment on the preliminary plans within 10 working days of the application and fee being received. 

Further information can be obtained from the Preliminary Planning Assessment information sheet below.