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This page provides information on how to lodge an application for development within the Swan Canning Development Control Area (DCA) under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 or the Metropolitan Region Scheme. 

Not all works, acts and activities in the DCA are considered development and may require a permit under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Commercial activities in the DCA also require approval. 

Development applications

The process for development applications in and around the rivers depends on the location of the proposed development with respect to the Development Control Area. A detailed guide to planning, licensing and development functions and procedures is provided in the  pdfDevelopment Control Procedures3.44 MB.


Application type Part 5 development application Clause 30A(2)a development application Clause 30A(2)b development application
Definition

Development proposed on land (i.e. on a lot) or in waters that are wholly in the Development Control Area

Development proposed on land that is partially in, or abutting waters in, the Development Control Area

Development proposed on land that abuts other land in the Development Control Area, or that are likely to affect waters in the Development Control Area

Assessing body

The Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is the primary assessing authority under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006. The Director General makes a recommendation to the Minister for Environment, who makes the final determination on the application. In formulating advice, the Director General must consult with the Swan River Trust and provide the Swan River Trust’s views to the Minister

 Under Clause 30A(2)a of the Metropolitan Region Scheme, the Swan River Trust provides advice to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). In routine cases, this function will be performed under delegated authority by DBCA officers. Complex issues may be considered by the Swan River Trust Board

Under Clause 30A(2)b of the Metropolitan Region Scheme, the Swan River Trust provides advice to the local government (who act under delegated authority from the WAPC). In routine cases, this Swan River Trust function will be performed under delegated authority by DBCA officers. Complex issues may be considered by the Swan River Trust Board

How to apply

 Complete pdfSCRMA Form 1 – Application for Approval of Development496.88 KB

The SCRMA Form 1 must be lodged with the local government or redevelopment authority

Complete MRS Form 1 – Application for Approval to Commence Development

The MRS Form 1 must be lodged with the local government

Complete MRS Form 1 – Application for Approval to Commence Development

The MRS Form 1 must be lodged with the local government

Information to include in your Part 5 application

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

  • Completed application form, including written consent of the landowner(s).
  • Plans and specifications of the proposed showing:
    • current and proposed levels (contours at no greater than 1 metre intervals), including retaining structures and fill requirements
    • the location, metric dimensions, materials, finishes and type of all existing and proposed structures, including services
    • sections through the site
    • the nature and extent of any open space and landscaping proposed
    • proposed external lighting and signage
    • any watercourse flowing through the site
    • position of any large trees or on-site vegetation, clearly marking vegetation to be retained and removed
    • the existing and proposed means of access and egress for pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Plans, elevations and sections of any building or structure proposed to be erected or altered and/or any building or structure to be retained.
  • Site plan of the lot showing the development location in relation to:
    • adjacent roads
    • rivers, creeks, springs and wetlands
    • nearby conservation areas and/or Bush Forever sites
    • floodway and floodplain boundaries
    • land reserved for Parks and Recreation under the Metropolitan Region Scheme.
  • Information on the availability of drainage and sewer.
  • Information on any impacts to heritage sites and subsequent approvals (if required).
  • Information regarding potential acid sulphate soils and/or contamination.
  • Details of the proposed construction methodologies.

Larger developments should also include:

  • photo montages showing the development in relation to the river and foreshore landscape
  • information on the impacts of parking, noise and traffic generated by the proposal
  • details of any dewatering proposed during construction
  • any specialist studies and/or management plans required to support the application.

If insufficient information is provided with the initial 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.


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.

 


Commercial activity applications

Information on applying for a commercial activity permit or licence can be found on the DBCA website.


More information on making an application

A detailed guide to planning, licensing and development functions and procedures is provided in the pdfDevelopment Control Procedures3.44 MB.  

More information, including processing times, is available on the Frequently asked questions page.

Policies and guidelines

The information DBCA and the Swan River Trust considers when assessing development applications is set out in a series of policies and guidelines.
Before making a development application, it is recommended you review these policies and guidelines for relevant information and guidance.

If you have read through the application forms and the policies and guidelines and you are unsure about how to make your application or what should be included, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (08) 9219 9000.

Lodging your application

Most development applications should be lodged with the local government 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 DBCA.

If the proposed development is not in a local government or redevelopment authority area (for example some parts of the waterway), the application should be submitted direct to DBCA:

Rivers and Estuaries Branch
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
17 Dick Perry Avenue
Technology Park, Western Precinct
KENSINGTON WA 6151

Or by post to:

Rivers and Estuaries Branch
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
BENTLEY DELIVERY CENTRE
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6983