Where to start

Development approval (sometimes called planning approval) and building permits are separate approvals that might be needed before a development can commence.

Development includes:

  • The erection, construction or demolition of a building or structure.
  • The erection, placement and display of advertisements or signs.
  • Building alterations or additions.
  • Excavation work.
  • Establishing or changing the use of a site.

In some cases both development and building approvals will be required. In those cases, development approval must be granted before a building permit can be issued.

Development approval is always needed for development in heritage listed areas or if affecting heritage listed buildings. 

On this page, see what is required to apply for development approval and also information about some common developments, including subdivision.

There may be times when these approvals are not needed if the development is exempt.

Refer to FAQ & Information Sheets, Policies, Planning Services and Building Services for more information.

How to Contact us for Enquiries or Applications

We are opening our doors from Monday 25 May 2020 but will still be maintaining social distancing and compliance with all health and safety requirements.  We are, therefore, encouraging electronic lodgement of applications and, to avoid wait time and overcrowding in the foyer,  will be meeting by appointment only.

We can arrange face to face appointments to discuss any development enquiry at our counter within the City of Albany North Road Administration building between the hours of 9.00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.  Please contact us to make an appointment - either by phone 6820 3040 or email planning@albany.wa.gov.au

Changes to Planning & Development Regulations

There have been some recent amendments to Planning Regulations; with more intended to be implemented over the next few months and towards the end of 2020.  These amendments are intended to assist and support small businesses and the community cope with the changes brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic.  It is important, however, that you check with us before making changes to the way your business operates; or commence building to ensure you are still meeting all legal requirements.  See Department of Planning Lands & Heritage web site for up to date information and FAQ's around these planning changes.

Apply for a Building Permit

Refer to Building Services for applications forms, checklists, fees and advice.

1. Click on the link directly below if you want to apply for a one off building permit. You will be able to select an application form and checklist on the page you are directed to. Do you have everything needed on the checklist? Do you need Development Approval first? Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Your application will be checked and when complete, we will call you to arrange payment of the fees over the phone:

To complete a Building Application click here

2. Click on the link directly below if you want to register or are already registered to lodge applications for building permits on a regular basis. Ensure you have your completed application forms and all your plans ready to send. You will be able to pay the fees online at the end of this process. Do you have everything needed on the checklist? Do you need Development Approval first? Please contact us if you have any questions.

Online applications – Click to apply/register for a Building Permit.

Apply for Development Approval

Refer to Planning Services for advice and links to FAQ's, information sheets, forms, fees etc.

Click on the link directly below to apply for development approval. You will be able to select an application form and checklist at the page you are directed to. Do you have everything required on the checklist? You will be able to lodge the application form, cover letter and plans. Your application will be checked and when complete, we will call you to arrange payment of the fees over the phone.

To complete a Development Application click here

If an Application for Development Approval is refused, the owner or applicant has the right to appeal the decision at the State Administrative Tribunal, in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA) Part 14. An appeal should be lodged within 28 days of determination.

Planning Officers are available to discuss planning proposals and preliminary plans either in person at our North Road office Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm or by phone on 6820 3040. Alternatively our Planning Department can be contacted via email planning@albany.wa.gov.au.

Subdivisions and Amalgamations

The zoning and size of your property will affect its suitability for subdivision. Once it has been determined that you can subdivide, we recommend that you contact a land surveyor and/or a planning consultant for further discussion and advice. Please contact our Planning Department or visit us at the Planning Building and Health counter at our North Road office for further advice.

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is responsible for approving all subdivision applications in Western Australia. The WAPC has introduced a standard plan process for strata, freehold and survey strata subdivisions.

All subdivision applications are referred to The City of Albany to provide comment and recommended conditions.

Subdivision, amalgamation and strata title application and process information can be obtained from the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Subdivision and Development Guidelines

The City of Albany has adopted the Local Government Guidelines for Subdivisional Development (IPWEA, November 2017) as the basis for the design and construction of all civil infrastructure associated with the subdivision and development of land.

The City of Albany's Subdivision & Development Guidelines 2018 has been developed as an addendum to the IPWEA Guidelines.

Subdivision and Development Guidelines 2018

City of Albany Standard Drawings

Subdivision Clearance Request

Before your subdivision can be endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission and titles issued, you will need to apply to the City of Albany for a subdivision clearance.

  • You will need to complete a Subdivision Clearance Request Form (form is within the Subdivision and Development Guidelines – see above).
  • Submit the required fee to the City of Albany.
  • The City will inspect the property and ensure the conditions set out by the Western Australian Planning Commission have been met.