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What is a Development Application?

A development application (also referred to as a planning application) is a formal request for consent to carry out proposed development in the City of Cockburn. This can include construction of a house, shed, undertaking a home occupation or business and includes the use of an existing building.

Planning approval is required to ensure that development being undertaken within the City of Cockburn complies with the relevant planning requirements and legislation. This includes the City's Town Planning Scheme No. 3, Residential Design Codes, Local Planning Policies and other statutory documents.


Why We Advertise Development Applications

We advertise development applications for public comment in these situations:

  • When the City deems that the development may impact the amenity of surrounding property owners or occupiers;
  • When there is a statutory requirement to do so.

The consultation period is 21 days but may be extended for certain projects or during the Christmas period or other public holidays.

We may advertise development applications in the following ways:

  • Letters to nearby land owners or occupiers;
  • On-site signage;
  • On our Comment on Cockburn website;
  • Advertising in local newspapers.


How Your Submission is Used

When assessing a development application, we have a duty to consider all relevant factors in an objective and impartial manner. Submissions from the community help us by highlighting local issues and concerns. Other relevant considerations in the decision-making process may include:

  • The requirements prescribed in the Town Planning Scheme;
  • The City’s Policies and Strategies;
  • Local heritage inventory;
  • State legislation and policies;
  • Comments from government agencies and advisory groups;
  • Any other relevant planning matters.

For more information, read the FAQs.


What To Include in Your Submission

We accept any submissions made in writing. However only submissions that relate to relevant planning matters can be considered as part of the assessment of the development application. Please ensure your comments relate to specific elements of the application and how these may impact either your own property or amenity (eg odour, dust, noise).

You may attach additional information (plans, diagrams, photographs, etc.) as required. For more information, read the FAQs.

We cannot consider feedback that relates to non-planning matters including:

  • Perceived loss of property value;
  • Perceived anti-social behaviour;
  • Potential residents or tenants;
  • Private disputes between neighbours including access and egress and easements;
  • Dividing fence issues;
  • Matters that are usually dealt with by the building permit process;
  • Impact of construction work;
  • Trade competition concerns (in most circumstances);
  • Personal morals or views about the applicant or City officers dealing with the application;
  • Matters that are controlled under other legislation.


More Information

FAQ IconFrequently Asked Questions
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contact us iconContact Us
08 9411 3444
customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au



What is a Development Application?

A development application (also referred to as a planning application) is a formal request for consent to carry out proposed development in the City of Cockburn. This can include construction of a house, shed, undertaking a home occupation or business and includes the use of an existing building.

Planning approval is required to ensure that development being undertaken within the City of Cockburn complies with the relevant planning requirements and legislation. This includes the City's Town Planning Scheme No. 3, Residential Design Codes, Local Planning Policies and other statutory documents.


Why We Advertise Development Applications

We advertise development applications for public comment in these situations:

  • When the City deems that the development may impact the amenity of surrounding property owners or occupiers;
  • When there is a statutory requirement to do so.

The consultation period is 21 days but may be extended for certain projects or during the Christmas period or other public holidays.

We may advertise development applications in the following ways:

  • Letters to nearby land owners or occupiers;
  • On-site signage;
  • On our Comment on Cockburn website;
  • Advertising in local newspapers.


How Your Submission is Used

When assessing a development application, we have a duty to consider all relevant factors in an objective and impartial manner. Submissions from the community help us by highlighting local issues and concerns. Other relevant considerations in the decision-making process may include:

  • The requirements prescribed in the Town Planning Scheme;
  • The City’s Policies and Strategies;
  • Local heritage inventory;
  • State legislation and policies;
  • Comments from government agencies and advisory groups;
  • Any other relevant planning matters.

For more information, read the FAQs.


What To Include in Your Submission

We accept any submissions made in writing. However only submissions that relate to relevant planning matters can be considered as part of the assessment of the development application. Please ensure your comments relate to specific elements of the application and how these may impact either your own property or amenity (eg odour, dust, noise).

You may attach additional information (plans, diagrams, photographs, etc.) as required. For more information, read the FAQs.

We cannot consider feedback that relates to non-planning matters including:

  • Perceived loss of property value;
  • Perceived anti-social behaviour;
  • Potential residents or tenants;
  • Private disputes between neighbours including access and egress and easements;
  • Dividing fence issues;
  • Matters that are usually dealt with by the building permit process;
  • Impact of construction work;
  • Trade competition concerns (in most circumstances);
  • Personal morals or views about the applicant or City officers dealing with the application;
  • Matters that are controlled under other legislation.


More Information

FAQ IconFrequently Asked Questions
Click here
contact us iconContact Us
08 9411 3444
customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au