Facilitating appropriate land use and development around the Swan Canning Riverpark is a key responsibility of Parks and Wildlife and the Swan River Trust.
Parks and Wildlife ensures social, environmental and aesthetic values are not compromised by new developments.
Parks and Wildlife provides information to help you prepare your application for a development, permit or commercial activity, or download the Development Control Procedures3.02 MB, a detailed guide to the department’s planning, licensing and development functions and procedures.
From 1 July 2015, the staff and operational functions of the Swan River Trust merged with Parks and Wildlife to improve resources for the management and protection of the Swan and Canning rivers and their catchments.
Amendments to the Act to achieve this merger are now in effect.
The Swan River Trust remains as an advisory body to the Minister for Environment on planning and other matters. However, key functions such as advising the Minister for Environment about development under Part 5 of the Act, and issuing permits and licenses, have been transferred to the Director General of Parks and Wildlife.
It is still necessary to apply for development approval.
Approvals previously issued in accordance with the Act remain valid.
Conditions previously applied to approvals by the Minister for Environment remain valid and ongoing compliance is required.