City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Frequently Asked Questions - Statutory Planning Services

We have compiled a list of FAQ's to help with the many queries we receive each day. 

  • Please click on a question to the right, to gain quick access to the answer.

If your question has still not been answered, please email us at: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au or call the Statutory Planning team on:
9411 3444.

 

What is a Planning Application?

A Planning Application is separate to a Building Application and is required for any type of development that is not permitted outright by the Town Planning Scheme. The Town Planning Scheme is a document that guides the way this City grows and changes and it assists Council in day to day decisions about applications.

 

Why is a Planning Application required?

Applications are required so that Council may assess your plans and information, inspect your property and determine whether your proposal is appropriate. Council seeks to ensure that a proposal:

  • Complies with the relevant provisions of the Town Planning Scheme.
  • Is an appropriate use on the property according to its zoning.
  • Has no detrimental visual impact upon a locality.
  • Has no adverse impact upon occupants of adjacent properties in the locality.

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Are there different types of Applications?

Generally, development which requires a Planning Application can be placed into one of two categories:

  • Uses which do not require public notification.
  • Uses which require public notification.

When an application is lodged, Council will assess the information and decide whether it requires public notification (advertising).

The majority of applications do not require public notification and can be dealt with under delegated authority by officers of the Council. These applications are usually processed within 6 - 8 weeks.

If an application is to be determined by Council at its monthly meeting the processing time will be lengthened.

 

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When is an Application not required?

A planning application is not required for:

  1. A boundary fence (unless otherwise required by the Scheme).
  2.  A home office.
  3. Family Day Care Centre
  4. The parking of two commercial vehicles on land owned by the owner of the vehicles in the Rural Zone. No approval from the Council is required.
  5. The parking of one commercial vehicle on land owned by the owner of the vehicle without the approval of the Council within the Rural Living Zone and the Resource Zone subject to conditions outlined in clause 5.10.8 of Town Planning Scheme No. 3.
  6. The erection of a single house or two grouped dwellings, including ancillary outbuildings, other than the Resource Zone, where the use is permitted in the zoning table.
  7. Proposals for single dwellings or two grouped dwellings on land under 305m2 where there is a Detailed Area Plan (DAP) in place: if compliant with the DAP and Codes.
  8. The maintenance, improvement, or other alteration of any building which affect only the interior of the building, and which do not:
    • materially affect the external appearance of the building.
    • change the use of the building.
    • change the class of the building or portion of the building.

 

What information is required with an Application?

Please refer to the attached document, which can also be found on our Planning Documents page.

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What is the current turnaround time for Planning Approvals?

6-8 working weeks

 

What is the cost of applying for Planning Approval?

Please refer to the attached Schedule, which can also be found on our Planning Documents page.

 

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How can I find out the zoning of my property?

Please visit our Interactive Mapping System or choose Planning Online from the menu, where you can complete your property search.

 

 

How do I go about tracking the progress of my planning application?

 You can visit  the Planning Online area of our website where you can complete a property search or an application search.  Also available from the menu.

 

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Can I lodge a planning application electronically?

Yes, you can lodge a planning application online by visiting the Planning Online page.

Choose submit a planning application and follow the prompts. 

Please note: Online Payments can ONLY be made by Credit Card at the moment.  A Credit Card Authorisation Form is available when completing the application.

 

 

How do I know if my property requires Developer Endorsement?

Set out hereunder is a list of Estates/Areas that require Developer Endorsement.

Please provide the endorsement when lodging your planning application.

Estate Name/Area

Suburb

Developer

Contact Person

Email

Cockburn Commercial Park

Bibra Lake

Landcorp

Doug Stirling

Doug.Stirling@landcorp.com.au

Phoenix Business Park

Bibra Lake

Primewest

Matthew Whelpdale

matthew@primewest.biz

South Beach (Stockland)

North Coogee

Stockland

The Planning Group Dan Lees

Daniel.Lees@tpgwa.com.au

South Beach (Landcorp)

North Coogee

Landcorp

Jones Coulter Young

lessyminton@yahoo.com.au

Port Coogee

North Coogee

Australand

Julie Harold (Consultant)

julie@julieharroldarchitect.com

Meve @ Beeliar

Beeliar

DHW

Property Resources Mgmt (PRM)

reception@prmproperty.com.au

Harvest Lakes

Atwell

Landcorp

The Planning Group Dan Lees

Daniel.Lees@tpgwa.com.au

Lattitude 32 Area

Wattleup

Landcorp

Nicola Popenhagen

Nicola.Popenhagen@landcorp.com.au

Cockburn Central Town Centre

Cockburn Central

Landcorp

Ben McCarthy

Ben.Mccarthy@landcorp.com.au

Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Support Industry Precinct

Henderson

Landcorp

Ben McCarthy

Ben.Mccarthy@landcorp.com.au

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How do I apply for a Renewal/Modification of Planning Approval?

Where the local government grants planning approval for development of land.

  1. the development is to be substantially commenced within two (2) years, or such other period as specified in the approval, after the date of determination; and 
  2. the approval lapses if the development has not substantially commenced before the expiration of that period.
    A written request may be made to the local government for an extension of the term of planning approval at any time prior to the expiry of the approval period in clause 10.5.1 (a).

 

 

How do I apply for a Subdivision?

Subdivision is governed by the WAPC who refers applications to various government bodies.  City of Cockburn is not the determining authority and only makes recommendations to the WAPC. Forms can be obtained from the WAPC: www.planning.wa.gov.au/616.asp


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What is a Retrospective Application?

There are Developments within the district, which have not obtained Development Approval prior to being substantially commenced and yet would otherwise comply with the City of Cockburn Town Planning Scheme No. 3.

To apply for retrospective approval, please refer to the attached Information Sheet or visit the Planning Documents page.

 

Can my property be subdivided?

Due to an Amendment to our Town Planning Scheme No. 3 - 900m2 is the minimum site area for a Residential R20 zoning to allow possible duplex/strata development.

1000m2 is the minimum site area for a Residential R20 zoning of a green title development.

For further information relating to subdivision of other zonings, please refer to Table 1 of the Residential Design Code:

 

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How can I find out the setbacks applicable to my property?

Please refer to Table 1 and Part 6 of the Residential Design Codes. This section of the R Codes will also provide you with information relating to Open Space Requirements.

 

 

What is a Developer Contribution?

As development continues to expand there is a need to ensure it is coordinated and properly planned. Developer contributions are a mechanism for the sharing of infrastructure cost contributions from owners of land within a defined Development Contribution Area (DCA).

Within a Development Contribution Area the land is usually in multiple ownership. In these circumstances it is necessary to ensure that all landowners equitably contribute to the cost of providing common infrastructure within the area.

 

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Why require Developer Contributions?

 

Western Australian Planning Commission Planning Bulletin 18 (Jan 97) explains the reasons and liabilities for developer contributions. It has been long accepted that on-site physical infrastructure, including water, sewerage, drainage and subdivisional roads, and more recently underground power and providing 10% of the land for public open space, should be provided by the subdivider.

Headworks contributions are charged by the Water Corporation for water supply, sewerage and, where applicable, main drainage, subdivider and the Local Government. Developers are also required to contribute to primary school sites, regional roads and, in some cases, public transport reserves in major broadacre subdivisions on the fringe of the urban centres across the State.

The City requires developer contributions to coordinate the construction of regional roads such as sections of Beeliar Drive, Russell Road, Hammond Road and Rowley Road. Other developer contributions will be sought for other regional roads within the development corridor and other areas within the district such as Spearwood Avenue as part of proposed Town Planning Scheme No 3.

 

 

How much will I have to pay?

Generally an owner's contribution is based on the proportion that the area of their land bears to the total area of land within the DCA that has not been subdivided or developed. Land required for regional roads, Government schools and other agreed non developable areas are deductions from the area for which a contribution is sought. Areas such as Public Open Space (POS) and drainage are included in the Gross Subdivisional Area and are not deductions as every landowner is required to set aside land for these uses.

 

The cost of land required for regional roads included in a Development Contribution Plan is based on annual valuations provided to Council by an agreed licensed valuer or the actual cost where land has been purchased.
The cost to construct the regional roads included in a Development Contribution Plan is based on annual estimates of construction provided by an engineering consultant or the actual cost where works have been completed.

 

The actual cost of the Development Contribution will vary between each DCA depending on the works to be undertaken, land values and the area of land within the DCA.

 

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When do I have to pay?

Development contributions are payable to the City in any one of the following situations:

  • Prior to the City confirming to the WAPC that conditions of subdivision approval supervised by the City have been complied with;
  • Prior to the WAPC endorsing its approval on the Diagram or Plan of Survey of the subdivision; or prior to the issue of a building licence for grouped dwellings and multiple dwellings
    - At the time of carrying out any development or commencing any new or extended use.
  • On the expiry of the Development Contribution Plan.
    Development of the land which would require a contribution to be paid would involve the construction or erection of a building or structure on the land or other works. This would include but not be limited to things such as group housing, retirement village, shop, nursery, childcare, caravan park and commercial sports activities such as mini golf, gymnasium and pools.
  • The demolition of a structure or carrying out excavation or earthworks which are also considered as development would not in itself bring about a contribution at that time.

 

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Do I have to pay if I build a single house on my land before it is subdivided or developed?

Development Contributions are calculated on the whole of your land. If there is no house on the land you can build one single house on it without making a contribution at that time. However, when the balance of the land is subdivided or developed in the future, the contribution made at that time will include the land occupied by the existing house.

 

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What happens if I only develop or subdivide part of my land?

If you develop or subdivide your land in stages then you only pay according to the amount of land that is subdivided or developed at a particular time.
For example, you have a 5 Ha lot and only 2 Ha is subdivided in stage 1. When subdivision clearances are sought only 2 Ha will be charged for with the balance 3 Ha being left until it is subdivided or developed.

 

 

Do I need Planning Approval for a shed in the residential area?

If the shed is more than 60m2 or 10% of the lot size, whichever is the greater, or if the shed does not comply with the Building Codes of Australia.

 

Can I operate a Business from Home?

A home occupation can be a convenient and cost effective way of starting a new business. Trends show that the number of people working from home has increased significantly during recent years. It is expected that in the next decade, 25% of the workforce will be working from home. Advances in telecommunications are one of the major contributors to this trend.

In recognition of the demand to work from home the City has introduced three home uses into its Town Planning Scheme: Home Office, Home Occupation and Home Business.

The main difference between these uses relates to the intensity of use and the likely effect on the surrounding locality. Standards vary according to the number of employees allowed, dwelling area used and presence of customers. Please refer to the attached Information Sheet:

 

Do I need Planning Approval to put up a Satellite Dish?

Large satellite dishes have the potential to affect the visual amenity and character of residential and other areas. 

Attached are general guidelines if you are considering the installation of a Satellite Dish.


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Can a Commercial Vehicle be parked at home?

A commercial vehicle means any vehicle used or intended to be used in the course of a business or trade, which has a tare weight in excess of 3.5 tonnes, but does not include vehicles directly associated with the conduct of a rural pursuit, business or trade on the lot for which the vehicle(s) are used.

No commercial vehicle is permitted to remain on privately owned land in the Residential or Resource zones for a longer period than is necessary for loading and unloading unless Council has issued planning approval, permitting such a vehicle. Please refer to the attached Information Sheet.

 

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Am I allowed to store a Sea Container on my property?

Sea Containers are not permitted to be placed on any road reserve, verge, public reserve or other public or Crown land within the City unless all relevant approvals are obtained. Similarly, sea containers are not permitted on any Residential zoned land within the City other than for a temporary period (maximum 18 months) in association with building construction subject to obtaining planning approval from the City of Cockburn. To find out more about sea containers please refer to the attached Policy.

 

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Can I build a Granny Flat on my property?

Ancillary Accommodation, or a granny flat, is an independent additional dwelling, which may or may not be physically attached, on the same lot as a single house. Such dwellings provide a means for extended families to live in proximity to the principal dwelling but with autonomy. The attached information sheet explains the requirements and approval processes for these dwellings within the City of Cockburn.

 If you are looking at Ancillary Accommodation on Rural Living, Rural and Resource Zoned lots, please refer to the attached Policy.

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I live in the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Area.  Are there specific requirements applicable to this location?


Yes, these properties are within the Latitude 32 Area and are subject to different planning legislation. Please refer to the attached Information Sheet.

 

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What are the requirements for completion of an Application for Earthworks?

An application should be accompanied by a site survey indicating existing and proposed levels.  Areas of cut and fill are differentiated by contrasting colours and/or hatching, so it is easy to see where the proposed development will occur and what impact it will have on adjoining properties.  Existing and proposed retaining should also be indicated.

Dust management plans, noise management plans and construction management plans should also be completed. This is so that we can get a good indication of how the undertaking of the development will occur and how it will impact surrounding properties.

There is a moratorium on large scale earthworks between October and March - this is to reduce the impacts of wind-blown dust.


 

How do I apply for a Change of Use?

 Change of use relates to any change made to an existing use of land and usually refers to business activities of a retail, commercial or industrial nature. You may be affected if you are setting up a new business in Cockburn or moving from old premises within the area.

 

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Are there special guidelines for building within the Resource Zone?

 

Yes, these guidelines apply to land included in the Resource zone and are based on the provisions of the City of Cockburn's Town Planning Scheme No. 3 and adopted policy and the Western Australian Planning Commission's Statement of Planning Policy No. 2.3 - Jandakot Groundwater Protection.

 

The guidelines are for advisory purposes only and are not a substitute for the actual provisions contained in legislation. Please refer to the attached Information Sheet:

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Can I keep horses in the Resource Zone?

 

Due to the water sensitivity of the Resource Zone, no animals such as horses & livestock can be kept without prior approval of the City.  Please refer to the attached Information Sheet:

 

What are the regulations if I wanted to start an Extractive Industry?


No person shall commence an extractive industry on any 'land within the district, without first having applied for and received the planning consent of the Council. Please refer to the attached Information Sheet:

 


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What are the guidelines for building in the Industrial Area?


Please refer to the attached Policy & Checklist:

 

What are the guidelines for building in the Mixed Business Areas?

Please refer to the attached Information Sheet/Checklist.

 

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PLEASE NOTE:

SOME OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS A GUIDE ONLY.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE OF PLANNING SERVICES BE SOUGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE USE OF LAND WITHIN THE CITY.


BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY DEVELOPMENT, PLEASE DISCUSS YOUR INTENTIONS WITH THE CITY. IF YOU NEED TO MAKE AN APPLICATION, YOUR TIME AND MONEY CAN BE SAVED IF YOU ARE THOROUGHLY PREPARED.

 

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What is a Planning Application?
Why is a Planning Application required?

Are there different types of Applications?

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What information is required with an Application?
What is the current turn around time for Planning Approvals?

What is the cost of applying for Planning Approval?

How can I find out the zoning of my property?

How do I go about tracking the progress of my planning application?

Can I lodge a planning application electronically?

How do I know if my property requires Developer Endorsement?

How do I apply for a Renewal/Modification of Planning Approval?

How do I apply for a Subdivision?

What is a Retrospective Application?

Can my property be subdivided?

How can I find out the setbacks applicable to my property?

What is a Developer Contribution?

Why require Developer Contributions?

How much will I have to pay?

When do I have to pay?

Do I have to pay if I build a single house on my land before it is subdivided or developed?

What happens if I only develop or subdivide part of my land?

Do I need Planning Approval for a shed in the residential area?

Can I operate a Business from Home?

Do I need Planning Approval to put up a Satellite Dish?

Can a Commercial Vehicle be parked at home?

Am I allowed to store a Sea Container on my property?

Can I build a Granny Flat on my property?

I live in the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Area.  Are there specific requirements applicable to this location?

What are the requirements for completion of an Application for Earthworks?

How do I apply for a Change of Use?

Are there special guidelines for building within the Resource Zone?

Can I keep horses in the Resource Zone?

What are the regulations if I wanted to start an Extractive Industry?

What are the guidelines for building in the Industrial Area?

What are the guidelines for building in the Mixed Business Areas?

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If your question has still not been answered, please email us at: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au or call the Statutory Planning team on:
9411 3444.