What should my submission say?

    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. 

    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.

    What will happen to my submission?

    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.

    Will the applicant or anyone else know that I have made a submission?

    The City and applicants have a right to review any submission you make.  

    If the proposal is determined by Council, your submission is also made public and may be included in a table of submissions. If you would like your details to remain confidential, you will need to note this in your submission. Your name and address will be suppressed, however your comments will still be made available. 

    If I am satisfied with the proposed development application, do I have to make a submission?

    If you wish to provide a letter of support or no objection, you can do so in writing.

    Who will make a decision on the application?

    Depending on the proposal, City officers in the Statutory Planning Team have delegation to issue planning decisions. Some proposals may require determination by virtue of a Council meeting.

    Can a decision be appealed by a person who has made a submission?

    Third party appeal rights do not exist in WA. The applicant who lodged the development application has a right of appeal on a decision within 28 days under the State Administrative Act 2004 via the State Administrative Tribunal.

    Can I attend a Council meeting (if applicable)?

    Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from February to December, in Council Chambers, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood, commencing at 7pm.

    Will I be advised about the outcome of the development application?

    Yes. If you have made a submission during the consultation period, you will be advised in writing of the decision.