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Permit applications

Not all works, acts and activities in and around the Swan Canning Riverpark are considered development. These activities are addressed through an efficient permit process under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007.

Activities in the Development Control Area that may only require a permit include:

  • signage
  • repairs and maintenance
  • emergency works
  • erosion control
  • temporary structures
  • works by a leaseholder
  • works by Schedule 5 authorities
  • fire hazard reduction
  • aircraft activity
  • maintenance dredging
  • scientific studies
  • bank disturbance
  • river bed disturbance
  • taking worms or other invertebrates
  • removing or trimming trees or other vegetation
  • launching vessels outside a permitted launching place
  • organised events

Commercial activities in the Swan Canning Riverpark also require approval. Information on applying for or renewing a commercial activity approval can be found on the DBCA website.

If required, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further clarification on the correct approvals process for your application.

How to apply

Complete pdfForm 7 – Application for a Permit482.42 KB. The form must be lodged with DBCA's Rivers and Estuaries Branch Statutory Assessments Unit.

Information to include

To assist the efficient assessment of applications, the following information should be included:

  • completed application form, including written consent of the landowner(s)
  • detailed written description of the proposal
  • location details (i.e. address, lot number, nearest cross street, etc.)
  • map of the subject area clearly indicating the location and nature of the proposal
  • photographs of the site
  • details on any discussions had with other government agencies regarding the proposal
  • proposed timing of the proposal

In addition, some types of permit applications may require additional information.

Proposals involving structures, construction, excavation, infill or retaining
  • scaled plans and proposal specifications (including materials, colours etc.)
  • method of construction
  • details on how environmental risks associated with the works will be managed
  • proposed works costs
Vegetation removal
  • number of trees
  • specific location of trees/vegetation (illustrated on an aerial or other photo, or detailed plan)
  • species
  • written justification for vegetation removal/trimming
Temporary structures
  • proposed installation time period

If insufficient information is provided with the application, further information will be sought from the applicant. If the required information is not provided, the application will be returned. DBCA cannot process the application without the completed (and correct) application form.