Planning Applications

​COVID-19 Update: A number of changes have been made to the requirements of Local Planning Schemes in response to the current State of Emergency. See below for more information.

​​​​​​​An application for planning approval is required for most development within the City of Kwinana. 'Development' in this context means:

The development or use of any land, including:
  • any demolition, erection, construction, alteration of or addition to any building or structure on the land;
  • the carrying out on the land of any excavation or other works;
  • in the case of a place to which a Conservation Order made under section 59 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 applies, any act or thing that:
    • is likely to change the character of that place or the external appearance of any building; or
    • would constitute an irreversible alteration of the fabric of any building.
This includes a material change in the use of development of any land and includes the erection, construction, alteration or carrying out as the case may be, of any building, excavation, filling or other works on any land.

The Town Planning Scheme is a legal document which zones land and controls land use and development within existing developed areas and guides land use and development in new development areas. It also assists the City of Kwinana in making day to day decisions about planning applications.

In order to e-sign your application form, please save the document and open with Adobe Acrobat.​

COVID-19: Update to Local Planning Scheme Requirements​

The Minister for Planning has issued a notice overriding the requirements of Local Planning Schemes in response to the current State of Emergency. This may mean, that if you are making adaptations to your business or installing infrastructure or facilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis, that your proposal may temporarily be exempt from requiring planning approval. These exemptions apply to planning requirements only and approvals under Building and Health legislation will still apply.

Each proposal should be confirmed with the City of Kwinana prior to commencing, and exemptions expire with the end of the State of Emergency Declaration. This means that the exemptions are not permanent and approvals and/or compliance with conditions will be required upon the expiry of the Declaration. If you expect your change to be permanent, you may choose to lodge a Development Application to ensure this.

In summary the exemptions are as follows:

  • Use or works that relate to medical or health activities associated with a COVID-19 pandemic response and advised to be necessary by a public authority
  • Use and temporary works associated with a shop (less than 400m2), restaurant/café, convenience store, consulting room, office in a zone that permits commercial uses. Permanent structures are not exempt and use must be connected to services.
  • Use and temporary works associated with industry, industry-light, trade supplies, warehouse/storage and transport depot in the industrial zone. The land must be connected to reticulated utility services and not involve any new permanent structures. Any temporary works must be removed after two years.
  • Home occupation and associated temporary works in the residential zone.
  • Commercial vehicle parking.
  • Temporary workers accommodation on site, necessary for installation of essential services such as power stations, water or sewer treatment facilities.
  • Conditions of existing planning approvals limiting hours of loading/unloading goods and fuel.
  • Stop the clock to preserve non-conforming use rights when use forced to close due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Additional two (2) years added to allow a longer time to substantially commence existing planning approvals.
  • For non-residential land uses, where shortfall is 10 bays or less, the parking requirement is waived.
  • Existing development approvals for non-residential uses conditioned to provide cash-in-lieu of car parking, where this has not yet been paid, condition now waived.
  • To assist premises adjust to takeaway and/or home delivery approved Hotel, Tavern, Restaurant/Café conditions waived for:
    • Requirement for food prepared on premises to be consumed on the premises.
    • Requirement for food prepared for consumption off premises.
  • Temporary and/or minor works and signage to approved Hotel, Tavern, Restaurant/Café premises to adjust to takeaway and/or home delivery.
  • Changes to existing approved signage where not in a residential zone, relates to the business on site and changes only the content of the sign.
  • Works and/or use that is being undertaken to comply with the Emergency Management Act 2005 or Public Health Act 2016.

Please note that the exemptions are subject to conditions, so for further advice please contact the City's Planning Team on 9439 0200 or send us an email. Alternatively, find detailed information and FAQ's on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website

Discover service interuptions and status updates on services due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the City's dedicated COVID-19 webpage​.

Subdivision Applications​

The Western Australian Planning Commission is the State Government authority with the ultimate control over the processing and determination of subdivision within Western Australia. Although Local Government does not share such decision making powers, it is nonetheless an important partner in the subdivision process through providing comment and recommendation on every subdivision proposed in its local area. Local Government also plays an important role in assessing the design and construction of subdivisions which have been granted approval by the Western Australian Planning Commission to ensure requirements are met and each condition relevant to Local Government is been satisfied.

The Western Australian Planning Commission also commonly imposes conditions relevant to servicing authorities (Water Corporation, Western Power, Telstra, Alinta Gas etc.), and these authorities similarly ensure each condition relevant to them is satisfied as part of the design and construction of subdivision.

Further information regarding subdivision can be found on the Western Australian Planning Commission Website by following this link.

Online Planning Applications

To lodge a planning application, please follow this link:

Lodge a planning application online

Alternatively, please forward your application via email to our Planning team

Please note, submission of hard copy applications is no longer accepted. If you are unable to lodge your planning application online, please contact the City's Planning Department on 9439 0200.  

Page reviewed: 13 Jul 2020 5:11pm