Planning Advice

The City’s Planning Officers provide advice on a range of planning-related issues. You do not need to make an appointment to speak to a Planning Officer, just come to the City’s front counter in the Administration Building and an officer will be available to discuss any issues with you.

If you want advice on a planning compliance matter, it is strongly recommended that you book an appointment in advance with one of the City’s Development Compliance Officers.

If you are lodging a Development Assessment Panel (DAP) application, you MUST schedule a preliminary meeting with a Senior Planning Officer at the City.

Areas of planning advice

Planning Officers

The City's Planning Officers can provide you with advice around the following:
  • The legislative requirements of the Town Planning Scheme No. 3 and Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015

  • ​The planning approval process including:

  • What is required to lodge a Development Application/ Local Development Plan/ Development Assessment Panel Application/ Clearance Application/ Written Planning Advice/ Liquor Licences/ Built Strata Applications

  • The types of Development Applications

  • Application submission process – how customers can lodge their applications

  • Applicable fees and payment methods

  • Exemptions under the Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015

  • Information sheets available

  • Bushfire regulations including whether a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Report is required with a Development Application

  • Unauthorised structures/land uses

Development Compliance Officers

The City's Development Compliance Officers can provide you with advice on the following:
  • Investigating alleged non-compliance with Development Approval conditions

  • Investigating alleged non-compliance under Town Planning Scheme No. 3 and Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015

  • Site inspections by the City’s Development Compliance Officers to determine whether retrospective approval can be granted by the City

  • What is required to lodge a Retrospective Development Application to obtain retrospective approval from the City.

Planning information

In considering development in the City of Cockburn, you may wish to read the City’s information sheets to find out what type of development can be considered and what is expected to be provided to the City when applying for that land use or development.

More information and contact

Please contact Statutory Planning services for more information on development applications, approvals and advice on 08 9411 3444 or at

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Spearwood 6163

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Western Australia, 6965

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