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All land in the Shire of Irwin falls under the control of the Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5. If you are intending to develop or use a property, you may need to lodge a Development Application to the Shire of Irwin before taking any further action.

Local Planning Scheme

All land within the Shire of Irwin boundaries is covered by the Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5. This Scheme stipulates land use zoning and development controls within the Shire. The Scheme is to be read in conjunction with the Local Planning Strategy.

The Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5 can be found on the WA Planning Commission’s website, which you can find at the following link: https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Local-planning-schemes.asp?q=i

Development Application Form

When you are prepared to submit a development application, a copy of the Application for Development Approval form can be downloaded here.

The Schedule of Fees and Charges can be downloaded here.

Information Sheets

All information is extracted from the Shire of Irwin Local Planning Scheme No. 5. Please note there may be additional requirements that apply to specific sites and for development applications. For further information please contact the Shire’s Planning Services team on 9927 0000.

Zoning Table Information Sheet

Bushfire Prone Area Information Sheet

General Farming Zone Information Sheet

Holiday Accommodation Information Sheet

Home Business Information Sheet

Home Occupation Information Sheet

Industrial Zone Information Sheet

Residential Zone Information Sheet

Rural Residential Zone Information Sheet

Rural Smallholdings Zone Information Sheet

Special Residential Zone Information Sheet

Town Centre Zone Information Sheet

Development Application Checklists

The following information shall be required when submitting Development Applications:

Change of Use Checklist

Commercial and Industrial Land Use Checklist

Holiday Accommodation Checklist

Home Business and Home Occupation Checklist

Outbuilding Checklist

Patios and Carports Checklist

Retaining Walls Checklist

Single House and Ancillary Accommodation (and Alterations/Additions to Existing Dwellings) Checklist

Your application may also be subject to assessment against one of the Shire's Local Planning Policies. For a list of these policies, check out the Planning Framework Page

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Other Applications

Development Assessment Panel (DAP) Applications

Legislation requires that all development applications above a certain financial threshold be determined by a Development Assessment Panel (DAP), with the opportunity for proponents of developments below the threshold to opt in. Assessment by a DAP is compulsory for developments with an estimated cost of $10 million or more. The "opt-in" threshold is for development that has an estimated cost between $2 million and $10 million. The DAPs will consist of an independent chairman, two local council representatives, and three members with expertise in fields to be prescribed.

More Information Development Assessment Panel applications can be viewed on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage webpage at https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Development-Assessment-Panels.aspx.

Subdivision Applications

Subdivision is controlled by the Western Australian Planning Commission. However, local planning considerations still play a role and the Shire can provide advice in this regard. Information and application forms for subdivision approvals can be accessed at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage webpage https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Subdivision-forms-and-fees.aspx

The Shire of Irwin refers to the Local Government Guidelines for Subdivisional Development for subdivisional engineering approval and clearance of relevant subdivisional conditions. A copy of these guidelines can be found at https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/Subdivisional%20Development%20Guidelines.pdf.

Scheme Amendments

If a use is not permitted under the Planning Scheme, Council may agree to amend it to allow for different uses. A number of factors need to be taken into account when an Amendment to a Planning Scheme is proposed. Generally, Council must be satisfied that:

  • an explanatory report clearly defining what is proposed is prepared; and
  • affects on the environment are considered and that social and economic effects have been addressed.

All Planning Scheme Amendments will have an accompanying fee that will need to be paid before the matter is determined. Please click here for an application form and details of related charges.

Scheme amendment decisions are made by the Western Australian Planning Commission. For more information on the Scheme Amendment process contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Contact details can be found at www.planning.wa.gov.au.

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