Development Approval - Western Australia

Service summary

You may require this approval if you intend to undertake any development or business activity. You will need to consult with Council to confirm if the activity is permitted or not, or whether you will require planning approval. Development includes any demolition, erection, construction, alteration of, or any addition to, any building or structure on the land, or the carrying out of any excavation or other works.

Planning approval may also be required for any of the following circumstances:

  • Conducting commercial vehicle wrecking;
  • Developing places with Heritage Significance;
  • Changing the use of a building/premises;
  • Increasing the floor area of an existing structure;
  • Erecting signs;
  • Developing car parks or changes to the operation of car parks;
  • Conducting a home-based business;
  • Three or more dwellings on a single site;
  • All non-residential developments;
  • Lapsed Development Approvals (approvals are generally valid for two years, after which a new application must be submitted); and
  • Demolitions.

Planning approval is a very common requirement, and if you are considering any kind of activity similar to those listed above, you should contact your local Council in the first instance.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As indicated on the approval.



Fees vary depending on the development cost. Please contact the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

City of Joondalup

Act(s) name

Planning and Development Act 2005 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (Western Australia)

Local law(s) name

District Planning Scheme 2

Contact details

Planning Officer, Planning Services
City of Joondalup

Operating address:
90 Boas Avenue
WA 6027
Mailing address:
Joondalup, Western Australia 6027


08 9400 4460

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