Approval of Development in or near the Swan and Canning Rivers - Western Australia


You need this approval if you intend to undertake development within the Swan and Canning River Development Control Area. Development includes:

  • the erection, construction, demolition, alteration or carrying out of any building, excavation, or other works in, on, over, or under land or waters
  • a material change in the use of land or waters
  • any other act or activity in relation to land or waters declared by the regulations to constitute development.

You may not need this approval for some activities (for example, erecting a sign).

The Development Control Area includes the waters of the Swan and Canning rivers and adjoining parks and recreation reservations. It extends upstream from the Fremantle Traffic Bridge to Moondyne Brook on the Avon River, to the Lower Diversion Dam on the Helena River, along Southern River to the Allen Road crossing and along the Canning River to its confluence with Stinton Creek. A map of the area can be found in the resources.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


As specified


Approval will expire if works have not substantially commenced within two years of the date of the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Other resources

Act(s) name

Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007 Western Australia

Application process


It is recommended that all applications are discussed with the Contact Officer prior to lodging the application.

Approval time

Approval of your application may take up to 6 months. This length may be longer if the development is significant and needs extensive consultation.

Administering agency

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.