Planning Services

The Planning Department at the Shire of Collie plays a fundamental role in creating a high quality urban and rural environment by ensuring that development and land use proposals are appropriate for the area.

Follow these links for further information regarding Application Forms & Planning Documents, Subdivision, Home Business, Structure Plans and Heritage.

Local Planning Strategy

The Local Planning Strategy (LPS) is the long term strategic framework that sets the direction for the development of the Shire of Collie for the next 10-15 years. The LPS sets out the Shires strategies and actions for land use in the areas of urban growth and settlement, transport, industry, community  infrastructure, heritage, agriculture, public utilities, and the natural environment. The LPS informs the Local Planning Scheme which sets more specific rules around development within the Shire.
Shire of Collie Local Planning Strategy

Structure Plans

Structure Plans are a required planning document that is prepared to guide the coordination of future subdivision and zoning of an area of land to facilitate appropriate land uses and density controls.  The Shire’s approved Structure Plans can be viewed and downloaded here.

Local Planning Policies

Local Planning Scheme No. 5 is supported by a suite of Local Planning Policies (LPPs) which guide decision-making and the implementation of the Scheme.  The full list of LPPs can be viewed here.

Development Applications

A Development Application is required under the Planning and Development Act 2005 for all works on, or use of land in the Scheme Area.  This process occurs prior to the issuing of  a Building Permit (if required).  A Development Application will be required for any type of development that is not listed under Clause 61 of the the Deemed Provisions, or Schedule 5 – Exempted Advertisements of Local Planning Scheme No. 5.  The Local Planning Scheme (LPS5) is a document that guides the way this municipal area grows and responds to changes, and assists Council in making consistent planning decisions.

There are two types of development approval:

‘works’ being any form of demolition, erection, construction, alteration or addition to any building or structure on the land; and

‘use’ being the primary or incidental use of any building or structure on the land, which may or may not include a ‘works’ component.

Heritage

The heritage value of a place is assessed according to criteria relating to aesthetic, historic, research, and social values.  A place is considered have cultural heritage significance to the Shire of Collie if it meets one or more of these criteria. 
The level of significance of a place is determined according to criteria relating to rarity, representativeness, condition, integrity and authenticity.  The Shire of Collie Municipal Heritage Inventory 1995 (MHI) is a list of places identified as having cultural heritage significance.  It should be noted that there are no additional planning or building requirements that arise from being listed on the MHI.

The Shire is currently undertaking a review of the current places on the MHI and is in the process of preparing additional place records for inclusion. A database of existing places on the Inventory can be accessed here.

The first Shire of Collie Heritage List is also being prepared at present.

Home Based Business

There are three categories of home based businesses that may be conducted from a private residence. These categories are home office, home occupation and  home business, and are defined in the Local Planning Scheme as follows:

home business” means a business, service or profession carried out in a dwelling or on land around a dwelling by an occupier of the dwelling which —

(a)        does not employ more than 2 people not members of the occupier’s household;

(b)        will not cause injury to or adversely affect the amenity of the neighbourhood;

(c)        does not occupy an area greater than 50 square metres;

(d)        does not involve the retail sale, display or hire of goods of any nature;

(e)        in relation to vehicles and parking, does not result in traffic difficulties as a result of the inadequacy of parking or an increase in traffic volumes in the neighbourhood, and does not involve the presence, use or calling of a vehicle more than 3.5 tonnes tare weight; and

(f)        does not involve the use of an essential service of greater capacity than normally required in the zone;

home occupation” means an occupation carried out in a dwelling or on land around a dwelling by an occupier of the dwelling which —

(a)        does not employ any person not a member of the occupier’s household;

(b)        will not cause injury to or adversely affect the amenity of the neighbourhood;

(c)        does not occupy an area greater than 20 square metres;

(d)        does not display a sign exceeding 0.2 square metres;

(e)        does not involve the retail sale, display or hire of goods of any nature;

(f)        in relation to vehicles and parking, does not result in the requirement for a greater number of parking facilities than normally required for a single dwelling or an increase in traffic volume in the neighbourhood, does not involve the presence, use or calling of a vehicle more than two tonnes tare weight, and does not include provision for the fuelling, repair or maintenance of motor vehicles; and

(g)       does not involve the use of an essential service of greater capacity than normally required in the zone;

home office” means a home occupation limited to a business carried out solely within a dwelling by a resident of the dwelling but which does not —

(a)        entail clients or customers travelling to and from the dwelling;

(b)        involve any advertising signs on the premises; or

(c)        require any external change to the appearance of the dwelling.

An application for approval of either a home business or home occupation is required, and a home office is permitted development that does not require approval of the Shire.  For more information on home business requirements, please read the Local Planning Policy 4.1: Home Based Businesses or click here to print an application form.

Unauthorised Development

If you have been operating a business or have started construction of a new development without planning approval, and you have been requested to lodge a  ‘retrospective’ application you will  incur additional fees in the assessment of your application. You may also be required to cease the development until such time as you are granted approval for the development.

Before a decision is made to construct any type of building or change current land uses, it is recommended that you contact the Planning Department on (08) 9734 9000 or visit the Shire Offices at 87 Throssell Street, Collie between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. Alternatively, email your enquiry to colshire@collie.wa.gov.au

The Planning Department at the Shire of Collie plays a fundamental role in creating a high quality urban and rural environment by ensuring that development and land use proposals are appropriate for the area.

What is a development application?

A development application is required under the Planning and Development Act 2005 for all works on, or use of land in the Scheme Area.  This process occurs prior to the issuing of  a Building Permit (if required).  A Development Application will be required for any type of development that is not listed under Clause 61 of the the Deemed Provisions, or Schedule 5 – Exempted Advertisements of Local Planning Scheme No. 5.  The Local Planning Scheme (LPS5) is a document that guides the way this municipal area grows and responds to changes, and assists Council in making consistent planning decisions.

All properties in the Shire of Collie are zoned or reserved under LPS5. The scheme sets out the types of use and development allowed in the different zones and the requirements for development approval.

There are two types of development approval:

‘works’ being any form of demolition, erection, construction, alteration or addition to any building or structure on the land; and

‘use’ being the primary or incidental use of any building or structure on the land, which may or may not include a ‘works’ component.

Why is a planning application required?

Applications are required so that Council may assess different layers of  information associated with proposals, inspect properties and determine the conditions of approval or reasons for refusal.  Council seeks to ensure that a proposal:

  • Complies with the relevant provisions of the Local Planning Scheme;
  • Is an appropriate use on the property according to its zoning;
  • Has no detrimental visual impact upon a locality;
  • Has no adverse impact upon occupants of adjacent properties in the locality; and
  • Has manageable environmental impacts.

Site Inspections

During the assessment of a planning application, a member of the Shire’s Development Staff may visit the site to clarify issues or inspect a building or business practice, in order to better make the decision.

Conditions of Planning Approval

All planning approvals include a list of conditions which are required to be met for your development to be legal.  Once you have received your approval please read all of the paperwork carefully to ensure you are familiar with your responsibilities prior to, during and after the construction period.  Remember that you may be required to notify the Shire of completed stages throughout the process, or provide evidence that a condition has been carried out.

Is Planning Approval the only Approval that is Required?

In most instances the answer is no.  Your planning approval will generally advise you in the ‘Advice Notes’ if you are required to submit a Building Permit after the planning stage. You may need to provide your contractor/builder/supplier with a copy of your planning approval if you are unsure about required paper work to submit the Building Permit.

If your development involves food preparation/processing, skin treatment, waste water run off or any other sensitive uses, you may require the approval of the Shire’s Environmental Health Officer as well.

It is your responsibility to ensure that other relevant approvals and permits required from other government agencies, authorities or service providers have been received if required.

Term of Planning Approval

Where the Shire has granted planning approval for a development, the development must be substantially commenced within 2 years of the date of the determination.  You may require a fresh planning approval if the application lapses without commencing.  You may also apply for an extension of time to construct/commence a development by submitting the request in writing prior to the expiry of the approval.

Retrospective Planning Approval

If you have been operating a business or have started construction of a new development without planning approval, and you have been requested to lodge a  ‘retrospective’ application you will  incur additional fees in the assessment of your application.  You may also be required to cease the development until such time as you are granted approval for the development, to avoid facing prosecution.

Before a decision is made to construct any type of building or change current land uses, it is recommended that you contact the Planning Department on (08) 9734 9000 or visit the Shire Offices at 87 Throssell Street, Collie between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. Alternatively, you may email your enquiry.

Applications for Development Approval

Under the Planning and Development Act 2005, local governments have 60 days to determine an application for planning approval, or 90 days if the application has to be advertised.  The 60 or 90 days does not commence until all the relevant information has been provided and the planning fees have been paid.  The clock ‘stops’ (the number of processing days goes on pause) if the information provided is found to be insufficient to determine the application, which sometimes occurs following referral of applications to key state government agencies for advice.

The Shire of Collie endeavours to determine applications for planning approval within 42 days.

The process to determine applications for planning approval varies according to the proposed use and the zone and location in which it is proposed.  Some proposals are able to be determined quickly by Shire staff acting under delegation, and others require advertising and/or referral to key state government agencies for advice, and then determination by Council.

The Western Australian Planning Commission is the decision-making authority for subdivisions.  Subdivision guides, forms and fees can be downloaded from Commission’s website.

Bushfire Risk Management Provisions

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 came into effect on 19 October 2015 and were subsequently amended 8 December 2015 to introduce Bushfire Risk Management provisions under the Deemed Provisions of the Local Planning Scheme No. 5.  This planning instrument is used in relation to properties within designated Bushfire Prone Areas  identified by the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner as being subject, or likely subject, to bushfire attack. Additional planning and building requirements may apply to development within this area.

Further information can also be obtained from the following departments:

Residential Design Codes (R-Codes)

R-Codes provide a comprehensive basis for the control of residential development throughout Western Australia.  Residential Design Code variation applications are submitted to the Shire prior to assessment of a building permit, if one or more elements of the proposal do not meet the deemed-to-comply criteria as set out in Part 5 of the Codes.