The Planning Department at the Shire of Collie plays a fundamental role in creating a high quality urban and rural environment by ensuring that development and land use proposals are appropriate for the area.
What is a planning application?
A Planning Approval is not the same thing as a Building Permit. A Planning Application will be required for any type of development that is not listed under Part 8.2 – Permitted Development, or Schedule 5 – Exempted Advertisements of Local Planning Scheme No. 5. The Local Planning Scheme (LPS5) is a document that guides the way this municipal area grows and responds to changes, and assists Council in making consistent planning decisions.
All properties in the Shire of Collie are zoned under LPS5. The scheme sets out the types of use and development allowed in the different zones and the requirements for planning approval.
Why is a planning application required?
Applications are required so that Council may assess different layers of information associated with proposals, inspect properties and determine the conditions of approval or reasons for refusal. Council seeks to ensure that a proposal:
- Complies with the relevant provisions of the Local 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; and
- Has manageable environmental impacts.
During the assessment of a planning application, a member of the Shire’s Development Staff may visit the site to clarify issues or inspect a building or business practice, in order to better make the decision.
Conditions of Planning Approval
All planning approvals include a list of conditions which are required to be met for your development to be legal. Once you have received your approval please read all of the paperwork carefully to ensure you are familiar with your responsibilities prior to, during and after the construction period. Remember that you may be required to notify the Shire of completed stages throughout the process, or provide evidence that a condition has been carried out.
Is Planning Approval the only Approval that is Required?
In most instances the answer is no. Your planning approval will generally advise you in the ‘Advice Notes’ if you are required to submit a Building Permit after the planning stage. You may need to provide your contractor/ builder/ supplier with a copy of your planning approval if you are unsure about required paper work to submit the Building Permit.
If your development involves food preparation/ processing, skin treatment, waste water run off or any other sensitive uses, you may require the approval of the Shire’s Environemntal Health Department as well.
It is your responsibility to ensure that other relevant approvals and permits required from other government agencies, authorities or service providers have been received if required.
Term of Planning Approval
Where the Shire has granted planning approval for a development, the development must be substantially commenced within 2 years of the date of the determination. You may require a fresh planning approval if the application lapses without commencing. You may also apply for an extension of time to construct/ commence a development by submitting the request in writing prior to the expiry of the approval.
Retrospective Planning Approval
If you have been operating a business or have started construction of a new development without planning approval, and you have been requested to lodge a ‘retrospective’ application you will incur additional fees in the assessment of your application. You may also be required to cease the development until such time as you are granted approval for the development, to avoid facing prosecution.
Before a decision is made to construct any type of building or change current land uses, it is recommended that you contact the Planning Department on (08) 9734 9000 or visit the Shire Offices at 87 Throssell Street, Collie between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. Alternatively, email your enquiry to email@example.com