The State Government has introduced new legislation to create Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) in Western Australia. DAPs came into effect on the 1st July 2011. The purpose of DAPs is to determine the higher value development applications in place of Local Governments and their Elected Members. With the involvement of independent experts the DAPs aim to help improve the planning system by providing more transparency, consistency and reliability.
Detailed information explaining the DAPs and their processes can be found here:
Under the new DAP regulations development applications now fall into three main categories:
Developments that are estimated at a cost of $7 million or more, except for the following:
Mandatory development applications must be determined by the relevant Development Assessment Panel and cannot be determined by the Responsible Authority (Council).
Developments that have an estimated cost of $10 million and over, except for the following:
Optional DAP applications allow the applicant to choose whether to have their application determined by either the responsible Authority (Council) or the Development Assessment Panel (DAP).
Where an application is to be determined by a DAP additional application Forms and Fees apply.
All of the normal information is required to be submitted including the Citys Application form, three sets of plans and supporting information. The normal Local Government Development Application fees are also still applicable.
In addition a DAP application form is required to be completed and a separate DAP application fee is payable also. A digital copy (in Adobe.pdf format) of the plans and reports is required to be submitted with the application.
All of the following Forms and Fees are required to be completed and paid for a DAP application: