The City of Melville operates a pre-lodgement process for DAP applications.
To speak with a Senior Planning Officer and discuss a preliminary proposal please contact us.
The Officer will undertake a pre-lodgement assessment of the proposal against the requirements of the Local Planning Scheme, Activity Centre Plans (where relevant), the Residential Design Codes and Council Policy.
The preliminary proposal will also be referred to the City’s Architectural and Urban Design Advisory Panel for review and comment. This is free of charge.
The applicant and architect are expected to attend the panel meeting to answer questions by the Panel. Comments provided by the Panel are expected to be integrated into the proposal.
DAP applications are to be formally lodged in person to the City of Melville.
There are two types of DAP applications:
- Form 1 applications are new development proposals
- Form 2 applications are for amendments to approved Form 1 applications
An electronic copy of the completed DAP Form 1 or DAP Form 2 must be submitted with the application.
The City's Planning Application Information Requirements Checklist (PDF) outlines the information required to be lodged as part of an application.
All information is required to be submitted at the time of formal lodgement. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Where an application is found to be missing information after formal lodgement, the application will be placed on hold with the DAP until all required information is received. Once the application is lodged and signed off as being complete by the City, an invoice will be sent to the applicant. This needs to be paid within 5 business days of issue otherwise the application will be cancelled.
Upon formal lodgement of the application, the City of Melville refers the application to the DAP for their information.
Meanwhile, DAP applications are referred to the City's Design Review Panel for comment. The applicant (including the architect) are invited to attend the meeting. The Panel may ask questions of the applicant and architect prior to providing comment and feedback. (This is a private event, not open to the public).
A summary of the outcome of this Panel meeting is provided to the applicant. Amendments outlined by the Panel are expected to be integrated into the proposal.
During assessment of the application, the proposal may be referred to relevant external authorities for comment (ie Main Roads WA, Swan River Trust etc) where required. Comments may also be sought from internal departments where required.
The application is assessed against the following documents:
- City of Melville Local Planning Scheme No. 6
- Residential Design Codes (State Planning Policy 3.1) – where residential development is proposed
- Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015
- Relevant Local Planning Policies.
Neighbour consultation is undertaken where required in accordance with Local Planning Policy LPP1.1 Planning Process and Decision Making (PDF).
The applicant and owner will be invited to a DAP meeting.
Where external submissions were sought and received, submitters will also be invited by the local government to attend the meeting.
Applicant, owner and submitters will be notified by the City of Melville in writing of the outcome of the meeting.
Where an applicant or owner is aggrieved by a decision of the DAP (including in relation to a condition of approval) they are to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal within 28 days of the decision.
There are no third party appeal rights in Western Australia.