Development Application Process

The following information is provided to assist applicants in preparing a development application, and to ensure all the necessary information is provided which will assist in ensuring the application can be determined as efficiently as possible.

Development approval is needed for most forms of development in the Shire pursuant to the Shire of Capel Town Planning Scheme No 7 (the Scheme) and the Deemed Provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. Development approval may be needed for a change of use of land and when development includes a works component. A development application should be accompanied by the relevant plans and justification, in addition to other information depending on the proposal.  The following information is provided as a guide, but further information may be required for large or complex applications.


APPLICATION FORM & CHECKSHEET

The application form needs to be completed and signed by all landowners. If the property is subject to sale and has not yet settled the current owners signature is required.


APPLICATIONS RELATING TO SIGNAGE

Pursuant to the Planning and Development Regulations 2015 additional information is required to be submitted for sign applications.


APPLICATION FEES

Refer to the Shire of Capel Schedule of Fees and Charges. It should be noted that applications for retrospective approval require an additional fee as detailed on the schedule of fees and charges.


GREATER BUNBURY REGION SCHEME (GBRS) – APPLICATION FORM

Where an application is also required under the GBRS, the application is to be submitted with the Shire of Capel for referral to the relevant agencies and the Department of Planning.


CERTIFICATE OF TITLE

A copy of the certificate of title and associate covenants/restrictions is to accompany the application. Copies can be purchased online from Landgate.


WRITTEN JUSTIFICATION AND ACCOMPANYING MATERIAL

Details of the proposed development and justification addressing aspects of the development that require an assessment against the Scheme, R-Codes (identifying variations and addressing the relevant Design Principles) or any policy requirements.


R CODE VARIATIONS


BUSHFIRE PRONE AREAS

If a habitable building is proposed to be located on a lot greater than 1100m2 in size in a Bushfire Prone Area, you need to undertake a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment.  It is strongly recommended that you use an accredited practitioner.  The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) is the recognised accrediting body.

Note: Partial coverage of pink will still require a BAL assessment no matter where you place the development on site.


DEVELOMENT PLAN – SITE PLAN

The quality of the site plan is important. Advisory Notice 2 lists the information required to be displayed on the site plan.


DEVELOPMENT PLANS

  • Floor Plans
  • Elevations
  • Existing natural ground levels
  • Finished floor levels
  • Parking and drainage
  • Landscaping
  • Location of effluent disposal system

LANDSCAPING PLAN

Landscaping plans are to be submitted with all Industrial / Commercial & Multiple & Grouped Dwellings with 5 or more units.


HERITAGE PLACES

Where a development application relates to a heritage place entered on the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places, additional information may be required to be submitted with the application. Please call the Shire of Capel to discuss if your property is on the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places.


TRANSPORT ASSESSMENT

Transport Assessment Guidelines are available on the WAPC’s website.

Other useful information:


DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement letter after an application is received. Additional information or details may be requested as part of a preliminary check and further information may be requested by the Planning Officer as part of a more detailed assessment process.

Applications may need to be advertised for public comment. This may include seeking comment from adjoining landowners or government agencies, a sign on the development site and a notice in the local newspaper.  Applicants will be advised of any advertising requirements.

Once the advertising process is completed an application may be determined by Officers under delegated authority; however some applications may need to be referred to Council for determination.

Development Approvals specify a length of time during which the approval remains valid. This is the time within which a building permit should be obtained and development commenced.


ENQUIRIES

Prior to submitting an application, applicants may wish to discuss their proposal with Shire Officers to determine whether the application is consistent with the relevant statutory provisions and for further information on the information which should accompany the application. The proposal may require consideration by a number of departments, and Shire officers are available to discuss the proposal either by telephone or a meeting can be arranged using the following contact details:

Shire Telephone number (08) 9727 0222 or email info@capel.wa.gov.au

  • Planning Services – for information and assistance with development relating to land use, new building proposals, subdivisions and zoning.
  • Building Services – for information and assistance with building permit requirements.
  • Engineering Services – for information and assistance with crossovers, parking and drainage design and other engineering requirements.
  • Environmental Health Services – for information and assistance with effluent disposal system requirements, registration as a Food Premises, and all other health requirements.

Development Approval does not remove or affect any statutory responsibility or obligation the landowner may have under any other legislation, and does not enable the landowner to start construction of a building if a building permit has not first been obtained.

NOTE: THE PARTICULARS OF THIS BROCHURE ARE SUPPLIED FOR INFORMATION ONLY. VERIFICATION OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RECOMMENDED.