Where do I get an application form?

Application forms can be downloaded from the making an application page.

To request a hard copy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9219 9000.

How do I find out where my proposal is located with respect to the Development Control Area?

Parks and Wildlife provides a clickable map of the Development Control Area. If your lot is affected by a reservation under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, a clause 42 certificate can be obtained from the Department of Planning which will accurately show how much of the lot is reserved.

What information should I include with my application?

The making an application page provides detailed information on what you need to lodge with your application.

Where do I lodge my application?

Most development applications should be lodged with the local government or redevelopment authority where the proposal is located. This is true for applications made under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 and applications made under the Metropolitan Region Scheme. The local government will then forward the application to Parks and Wildlife.

If the proposed development is not in a local government or redevelopment authority area (for example is entirely within the waterway), the application should be submitted direct to Parks and Wildlife.

Applications for permits in the Swan Canning Development Control Area should also be submitted direct to Parks and Wildlife.

Is there a fee for lodging an application?

Parks and Wildlife does not charge fees to make a Part 5 development application or permit application for works, acts and activities in the Swan Canning Development Control Area.

For information on application fees under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, contact the relevant local government.

Who will Parks and Wildlife refer applications to?

Parks and Wildlife will refer development applications made under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 to the relevant local government authority and any other public authority Parks and Wildlife considers may have an interest in the proposal.

This may include, but is not limited to departments of Water, Transport, Planning, Aboriginal Affairs and Environment Regulation.

How long will it take my application to be determined?

a. Development applications made under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006

The timeline for assessing development applications is variable and depends on the quality of information provided with the application and how complex the proposal is.

The Part 5 development assessment process is likely to take 5-6 months from the time that a valid application is lodged.

Key aspects of the approval process include:

  • local government forwards application to Parks and Wildlife (7 days)
  • referrals to relevant agencies (42 days)
  • first draft report preparation
  • consideration at Swan River Trust Board meeting (board meetings held once a month, agenda closes two weeks prior to meeting)
  • web advertising of draft report to allow public comment on proposal (2 weeks)
  • amend draft report if responses received during advertising
  • the Swan River Trust Board may be consulted on the responses received during advertising
  • review and adopt final report
  • Ministerial decision

The timelines above are approximate. They provide a general indication for forward planning of a development application.

b. Permit applications made under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007

The timeline for assessing permit applications is variable and depends on the quality of information provided with the application and the complexity of the proposal.

The permit assessment process is likely to take 4-6 weeks from the time that a valid application is lodged. This includes a 21 day referral period to agencies considered to have an interest in the proposal.

Proposals considered to be of significant community interest may be advertised on the Parks and Wildlife website for a period of 14 days to allow for public comments to be lodged prior to the assessment process commencing.

The timelines above are approximate. They provide a general indication for forward planning of a permit application.

c. Development applications made under the Metropolitan Region Scheme

Parks and Wildlife provides advice on development applications made under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, and does not have control over the overall timing of the determination.

Parks and Wildlife must provide its advice to the determining authority within 42 days.

How do I find out the status of my application?

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How far does my development have to be set back from the river system?

Separation distances (or setbacks) between development and the Development Control Area are necessary to protect and enhance the river system. Setbacks help protect the natural landscape from buildings and structures that may visually dominate, overshadow or unacceptably overlook public spaces. Setbacks can also help provide space to enhance the ecological quality of the river system and its hydrological functions.

Detailed information is available in the pdfDevelopment Setback Requirements policy332.4 KB.

How can I have my say on a current development proposal?

The draft report for each development application received under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 is posted on the Significant applications and draft reports open for public comment page, with an opportunity to have your say before the recommendation to the Minister for Environment is finalised.

Do I need approval to hold a spectator event in the Development Control Area?

If you have approval from the Department of Transport under the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 Regulation 51C for an on-water spectator event and associated temporary infrastructure, and/or approval from the land manager of the reserve for an on-land spectator event and associated temporary infrastructure, approval from Parks and Wildlife under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007 is not required. However if the spectator event is within the Swan Estuary Marine Park, Parks and Wildlife’s Swan Region branch will need to be contacted.

What repairs and maintenance can I undertake via a permit?

Maintenance works that do not relate to a change of use of any part of the structure and do not alter the structure’s function or appearance can be undertaken via a permit under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Local governments have further exemptions under Regulation 10.

What erosion control works can I undertake via a permit?

There is no monetary value associated with erosion control works, therefore any erosion control project – big or small – can be undertaken via a permit approval under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Schedule 5 authorities such as local governments have further exemptions under Regulation 12.

Is there a time limit on how long a temporary structure can be in place under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007?

Yes, a structure is only considered temporary if it is in place for a period of less than 6 months.

I’m a leaseholder, what work can I undertake via a permit?

A permit can be issued for works, acts and activities by a leaseholder of land or waters in the Development Control Area which are of a value less than $50,000.

What approvals are required for dredging in the Swan Canning Development Control Area?

Maintenance dredging that is necessary for the maintenance of access by vessels to marinas and jetties in the Riverpark can be undertaken via a permit approval under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Dredging that is not for maintenance purposes requires a Part 5 approval under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006.

Does the removal and/or trimming of vegetation require a permit?

Yes, generally the removal and/or trimming of vegetation, including for preventative fire hazard reduction, within the Development Control Area requires a permit under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Schedule 5 authorities have exemptions under Regulation 21.

Still have questions?

If you have read through the frequently asked questions and you still need assistance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9219 9000.