Planning and Building Advice

If you have any questions about building or renovating in the City of Melville, we may be able to help. Find out more below.

General Planning Advice

We can provide advice about planning matters during business hours, without an appointment.
 
We can help with:
  • The development application process including timeframes, the information required for a planning/development application and fees
  • The requirements of the Local Planning Scheme No.6, the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) and any council, local or state planning policies
  • Zoning of land and the types of development permitted for particular zoning
  • The design review process
  • Planning compliance matters
If your request is needs time to consider or you need something more formal from us, we may ask you to lodge a request for written planning advice instead.

Requesting General Planning Advice

To request general planning advice, please contact us and ask to speak to the duty planning officer.

Written Planning Advice

If your question requires time to research and consider or you require a response in writing, we can provide written planning advice.
 
We can provide written planning advice on:
  • Zoning of a particular property
  • Existing approved land uses for a particular property
  • Land use exemptions including home offices and home occupations
  • Policies or scheme provisions which are applicable to a development type or zone
We cannot give written planning advice for grouped dwellings, multiple dwellings or mixed-use, commercial or industrial developments as these require a performance assessment against the relevant design principles of the planning framework. A performance assessment can only take place during the planning/development application process. 

If you are after advice regarding whether your single story house or residential renovation meets the ‘deemed to comply’ provisions of the R-Codes, you will need to request a deemed-to-comply check instead.

Documents Required for Written Planning Advice

You will need to provide the below to submit a request for written planning advice.
  • Completed Written Planning Advice Form
  • A cover letter detailing the nature of your request
  • Any relevant plans such as a site plan, floor plans and elevations with natural ground levels shown which will assist us in providing accurate advice.

Timeframes

Once we receive the completed form, a planning officer will review it and provide a response via email within 14 business days after the fee has been paid. If you require further advice, you will need to submit another form and the fee will be payable again.

Fees and Charges

The cost for written planning advice is $73.00 which will need to be paid in advance.

Requesting Written Planning Advice

To request written planning advice, complete the Written Planning Advice Form and email it to pbadmin@melville.wa.gov.au

Deemed-to-Comply Check

If you are unsure whether your single storey house or residential renovations meets the ‘deemed to comply’ provisions of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) and our local planning policies, you can apply for a Deemed-to-Comply Check.

The intent of this check is to provide you with confidence that your proposal can proceed straight to building permit. While this is a voluntary check, if you choose to lodge a building permit application without this check and we identify that planning/development approval is required, you will have to apply for planning/development approval which may delay your project.

There are two types of Deemed-to-Comply checks:
  • 'Minor' Deemed-to-Comply Check – for new patios/pergolas/verandas or decks, external fixtures, outbuildings, retaining walls, ancillary dwellings, garage/carports, or for any site works or extensions/additions to a single storey house)
  • 'Standard' Deemed-to-Comply Check – for upper floor extension/addition and the erection of any single house)
A Deemed-to-Comply check is only available for the above proposals where the property is not listed on the Heritage List. It is not available for grouped dwellings, multiple dwellings or mixed-use, commercial or industrial developments as these proposals require a performance assessment against the relevant design principles of the planning framework and planning approval is always required.

Documents Required for a Deemed-to-Comply Check

You will need to provide the below for a Deemed-to-Comply Check.
  • Completed Deemed to Comply Check Form
  • A cover letter outlining your proposal
  • Site plan, floor plans and elevations with natural ground levels shown

Timeframes

Once we receive the completed form, a planning officer will review it and provide a response via email within 14 business days after the fee has been paid.

Fees and Charges

  • $73.00 for a minor Deemed-to-Comply check
  • $295.00 for a standard Deemed-to-Comply check.
These fees need to be paid in advance.

Requesting a Deemed to Comply Check

To request a Deemed-to-Comply Check, complete the Deemed-to-Comply Check Form and email it to pbadmin@melville.wa.gov.au

Pre-lodgement Discussions

We encourage you to discuss your proposal with us before lodging a planning/development application. This is particularly important for mixed use, commercial and industrial developments which can be quite complex. Pre-lodgement discussions can improve the overall quality of the design and smooth out the development approval process.
 
A pre-lodgement discussion may include the following:
  • Identification of the requirements of our Local Planning Scheme No. 6, any relevant structure plan/activity centre plan, the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) and any relevant local planning policies.
  • Key areas of concern or opportunities for improvement.
  • Referral of your proposed development to our Canning Bridge Design Review Panel or Design Review Panel for review and comment.
  • Referral of your proposed development to relevant departments within the City for review and comment.
  • The development application process.
Pre-lodgement discussions are free-of-charge.
 
Contact our planning team to organise a pre-lodgement assessment.

General Building Advice

We can provide advice and answer simple questions about building matters during business hours, without an appointment.
  • The building application process including timeframes, the information required for a building permit and fees
  • Whether a building permit is required and how to lodge an application
  • Building compliance matters

Requesting General Planning Advice

To request general building advice, please contact us and ask to speak to the duty building officer.

Building Frequently Asked Questions and Checklists

For fact sheets and checklists for different building types see our Planning and Building Forms and Documents page.

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