Planning Applications and Information

Planning Advice

A Town Planner is available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 8:30am and 5:00pm to assist customers with general planning enquiries, including:

  • Zoning enquiries;
  • Development application lodgement and process;
  • Statutory timeframes;
  • Community consultation requirements; and
  • General advice on local planning policy requirements.

The Town will endeavour to provide you with as much information as possible however, please be advised the Town Planners cannot confirm if a departure to the statutory planning framework and/or a development application would be supported without undertaking a full assessment of a formal development application.

The Town Planner is available at the Main Administration Centre (35 Old Perth Road), via Phone or email.

Development and land use proposals on properties are required to be assessed and approved via a Development Application. All Development Applications are assessed against the Town of Bassendean’s Local Planning Scheme No. 10 and relevant State and Local Planning Policies. 

Development Application Requirements

Online Lodgement and Fees

Local Development Plans

Development Determinations Register

State Planning Framework

Development Application Requirements

Generally, an application for development approval will be required for proposals involving:

  • Construction of buildings/dwellings
  • Changing the use of a building/premises
  • Increasing the floor area of an existing structure
  • Additions and alterations to existing dwellings
  • Non-residential developments
  • Lapsed development approvals (approvals are valid for two years, after which a new application must be submitted if not substantially commenced)
  • Places with heritage significance
  • Demolition of places listed as being of heritage significance
  • Non-complying front fencing (with the Town’s Policy)
  • Retaining walls (over 500mm in height)
  • Excavation in the front setback area (over 500mm)

Note: Applications are not required for development that meets the requirements of Cl.61 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.  For more information see Exempted Development Information Sheet. 

Exempted Development Information Sheet

Home Business and Home Occupation Information and Development Application Checklist

Industrial Development Checklist

Change of Use Checklist

Online Lodgement and Fees

The Town now accepts planning and development applications electronically, including:

  • Applications for Development Approval;
  • Subdivision Clearance Applications;
  • Section 40 Liquor Licence Applications; and
  • Requests for Written Planning Advice.

Applications can be emailed to

For payment of your application, please complete the credit card authorisation form and submit with your application.

For general enquiries, please call 9377 8000.  Your call will be forwarded to an available planner as soon as possible.

The Town also has planners available between 8:30am – 4:30pm every weekday to provide information on a wide range of planning matters. 

Asset Services Application for Permits

Credit Card Authorisation Form

Development Application Form

Development Application Plans Request Form

MRS Form 1

Planning Fees and Charges

Section 40 Certificate

Local Development Plans

Local Development Plan (LDPs) were formerly referred to as Detailed Area Plans (DAPs) and are an important planning tool that can include specific residential design requirements that supplement the provisions of State Planning Policy 7.3 – Residential Design Codes.  The Town’s adopted LDP’s are as follows:

The Park Estate Local Development Plan

Lot 3 Morley Drive Local Development Plan

Structure Plans

Structure Plans provide a basis for zoning (including residential density) and subdivision of land.

Ashfield Gardens Structure Plan

State Planning Framework

The State Government has a range of policies, position statements and planning bulletins to guide and control the development of land. 

Find out more here:

State Planning Framework 

State Planning Policy 3.6 - Development contributions for infrastructure

State Planning Policy 7.3 - Residential Design Codes

(Please note that the Town does not currently have any DCPs)

Development Determinations Register

To access the register, please click on the month of the Development Determination below: