Development applications can be determined by City officers under delegated authority, by Council decision or by referral to the relevant state authority.
The majority of development applications are determined by City Planning Officers under delegated authority of the Council.
Where City Planning Officers do not have the delegation to either determine or approve applications, development applications will be referred to a Council meeting. Applicants will be notified by the Planning Officer after a full assessment has been completed if the proposal requires determination by Council.
Development Assessment Panels
Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) came into effect on 1 July 2011 under the Planning and Development (Development assessment panel) Regulations 2011.
The City of South Perth is serviced by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel. The DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors.
A DAP is an independent decision-making body which determines certain development applications in the place of the original decision maker, being the local government authority and/or the Western Australian Planning Commission.
Under the regulations, each DAP will determine development applications that meet set type and value thresholds as if it were council or state authority.
For information about DAPs please see the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) website.
If you are aggrieved by a decision on an application for development approval, you have a right of appeal. If a delegated officer made the decision, you may choose to have the City's Council review the officer's decision at a Council meeting. Alternatively, you can appeal to the State Administration Tribunal (SAT).
If you are still aggrieved following the Council's review, you may then choose to appeal to the SAT. If the Council or a Development Assessment Panel made the decision, then the only recourse is an appeal to the SAT.
Please note that appeals can only be lodged by an applicant or his/her representative. There are no 'third party' (e.g. neighbours) appeal rights.
Resubmitting an application for review at a Council meeting
To resubmit for Council review of a delegated officer’s determination of an application for development approval, including the amendment or deletion of any condition of approval, another Form of Application for Development Approval must be completed and lodged with the City, along with a covering letter explaining the reason for resubmission and any supporting information.
No fees are charged if the resubmission is lodged within six months of the delegated officer's determination; normal fees apply otherwise.
If, following the Council review you are still aggrieved, you may, within 28 days of the Council's decision, lodge an appeal with the SAT.
Lodging an appeal with State Administration Tribunal
Appeals must be filed with the SAT, and a copy served on the City. Information on the SAT can be found on the State Administrative Tribunal website.