Planning and development
Providing an integrated service for development applications, assessments and implementations.
COVID-19 Planning Changes
As a response to COVID-19, some land use and temporary works do not require development approval during a declared State of Emergency. The changes came into effect on 3 April 2020.
The new Regulations include provision for the Minister to issue a Notice of Exemption to support the Government’s response to, or recovery from, a State Emergency.
A Notice of Exemption has been issued to provide specific guidance to both proponents and local government on a range of temporary exemptions for certain approvals and requirements within the local planning framework. These exemptions will remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency.
The exemptions remove any barriers within the planning system to ensure flexible and speedy responses to a changing crisis environment, support business and guarantee the provision of essential community services including:
- medical or health-related facilities required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- truck and logistic companies needing to deliver goods but currently with restricted loading and unloading times
- businesses seeking to adapt by changing their current approved use
- restaurants and cafes required to sell takeaway in contravention of current planning conditions
- people operating their businesses from residential zones
- parking commercial vehicles on residential properties
- a blanket two-year extension for all current development approvals
- businesses needing to change signs
- temporary workers accommodation.
The above list is a summary only and the complete Notice of exemptions and associated conditions can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.
The exemptions generally apply where land use is located in an appropriate zone in accordance with the Scheme, the land is serviced and is not a Heritage protected place. Most of the exemptions require proponents to notify the Shire within 7 days of commencing an exempt use, advising that the use is being undertaken.
We are implementing the exemptions where necessary. The exemptions relate to land uses and temporary works. Standard permanent bricks and mortar developments are still required to follow the normal approval requirements.
Our planning team will maintain a Register that will become useful in May 2023 when the notice and the exemptions start to expire. There could be a number of uses and development that then need to have development approval.
The exemptions generally apply where land use is located in an appropriate zone in accordance with the Scheme, the land is serviced and is not a Heritage protected place.
The exemptions apply to the following subject to meeting specific conditions:
- Home business
- Home Occupations
- Commercial vehicle parking
- Various forms of industrial development
- Non- conforming use discontinuous provisions
- Changes to required advertising of structure plans
- Advertising of applications is to be via websites only without the need to make plans available at Local Government offices
- For an approved use or application for development approval, proponents are exempt for the requirement to provide car parking subject to conditions including where the shortfall is 10 parking bays or less.
- Cash-in lieu payments for non-residential development.
We will maintain a Register of exempted uses and development that has been undertaken. At the moment, the notice and associated exemptions start to expire in May 2023, at which point there could be a number of uses and developments that then need to have development approval.
Control and approval
The approval process
Development assessment is an important way to ensure that the strategic objectives set by Council are achieved through individual planning proposal.
It is recommended that contact is made with the Shire Planning Services Division prior to purchasing land, finalising plans or commenting development. The Shire will endeavour to provide guidance to assist with the assessment process where possible.
The purpose of declaring planning control areas is to protect land that has a specific purpose.
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) can declare that a planning control area is required to ensure that no development occurs on this land which might prejudice its purpose or its potential reservation in a region planning scheme.
Local area plans
We have plans that apply to specific areas within the shire. These are known as local structure plans, activity centre plans and local development plans.
Schemes and strategies
Local planning strategy
Our planning framework that provides the strategic basis for local planning schemes. It sets out future objectives for land-use planning and development and includes a broad framework.
Applications, forms and info sheets
- Special Rural Zone Controls – General (PDF 260KB)
- Special Rural Zone Area 1 – Stratham – Advice to Purchaser/Landowner (PDF 161KB)
- Advice to Purchasers – Bullerswood Estate (PDF 249KB)
- Special Rural Zone Area 2 – Gelorup – Advice to Purchaser/Landowner (PDF 160KB)
- Advice to Purchasers – Lots subdivided from Lot 2 South Western Highway, Boyanup (PDF 157KB)
- Advice to Purchasers – Joshua Brook Estate (Stage 1) (PDF 156KB)
- Peppermint Grove Beach Residential R12.5 Zone (PDF 1.53MB)
- Requirements of a Rehabilitation Plan – Extractive Industry Activities (PDF 161KB)
- Residential Zone R2.5 – Layman Road, Capel – Preapproved Building Envelope (PDF 205KB)
- Residential Zone R2.5 – Lots 16 & 17 Ducane Road/Mossdale Place, Gelorup (PDF 1MB)
- Residential Zone R2.5 – Lot 10 (Proposed Lots 221 – 224) Hasties Road, Gelorup (PDF 804KB)
- Residential Zone R 2.5 – Lots 26 & 27 Loretta Avenue, Gelorup (PDF 636KB)
- Information Sheet – Heritage (PDF 260KB)
See our Heritage list of important places to the local community. This list provides a record of places that form an important part of the history of the local area.
Each place is allocated a level of significance of A, B, C or For Information Only, with A being the most significant.
Places in categories A and B form the Shire of Capel’s Heritage List. All category A places are assessed as having exceptional significance to the local government area and have also been included on the State Register of Heritage Places.