Facilitating appropriate land use and development around the Swan Canning Riverpark is a key responsibility of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA's) Parks and Wildlife Service and the Swan River Trust.

The Parks and Wildlife Service ensures social, environmental and aesthetic values are not compromised by new developments.

It also fosters strong partnerships to encourage appropriate planning and development in the Development Control Area established under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 (the Act).

Making an application

The Parks and Wildlife Service provides information to help you prepare your application for a development, permit or commercial activity, or download the pdfDevelopment Control Procedures3.02 MB, a detailed guide to the department’s planning, licensing and development functions and procedures.

Planning processes and amalgamation

From 1 July 2015, the staff and operational functions of the Swan River Trust merged with the then Department of Parks and Wildlife (now Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)) 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 DBCA.

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.

Articles in this category:

Title Modified Date
Archived Ministerial Determinations Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:00
Commercial seaplane trial Monday, 17 February 2020 15:58
Development Control Area Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:56
Frequently asked questions Friday, 15 January 2016 13:42
How to make a comment Friday, 25 September 2015 11:22
Making an application Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:42
Policies and guidelines Friday, 15 January 2016 13:07
Policy and guideline list Friday, 12 June 2020 12:54