Planning Services

The City facilitates the development of our urban environment, through statutory and strategic planning.

Statutory planning involves the assessment and determination of applications for development approval, subdivisions and amendments to planning schemes across our community.

Strategic Planning involves the preparation, review and implementation of planning legislation and strategic planning projects within the City. 


Planning Application forms and Information

Our application forms and information sheets can be found here: Planning Documents


Planning Controls

Planning controls for land use and development are identified through Town Planning Schemes. Town Planning Schemes also include provisions to coordinate infrastructure and development. A Scheme is prepared and administered by a local government and is required to conform to the State Government's regional planning scheme for the area (i.e. the Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme).

Along with the City's District Zoning Scheme, Town Planning Scheme No.40 (TPS40), there are also a number of other planning documents operative throughout the City:

Table 3A – Zoning Table of TPS40 notes which land uses are allowable within the different zones, please refer to Intramaps to identify the zoning of a property. Please also refer to Intramaps together with the standards noted in Table 1 of the Residential Design Codes to distinguish whether a lot is large enough to be subdivided.

Development Assessment Panels act as an independent decision-making body. The Development Assessment Panel meets to determine certain development applications in place of the Local Government Authority and/or Western Australian Planning Commission. The Development Assessment Panel process came into effect on 1 July 2011. If an application is required to go before the Development Assessment Panel a specific application form and payment of additional application fees is required.


Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 have removed the requirement for Development Approval for some forms of residential development where they comply with all relevant planning requirements.

The forms of development which may be exempt from Development Approval include:

  •     Construction of  a single house (new or additions) expect where located in Aircraft Noise Contours;
  •     Construction of an ancillary dwelling (associated with a single house); and
  •     Construction of an outbuilding, patio, pergola, front fence, or carport.

Please be aware that the exemption from Development Approval applies only where the development is fully compliant with the Residential Design Codes or those ‘Deemed-to-Comply- requirements of the R-Codes that are varied by the City’s Local Planning Polices.


Online Lodgment

The City of Canning has introduced an online lodgment system for Development applications. 

Please note that registration for online lodgment is currently only open to registered Businesses or Professionals in the Design, Planning or Construction industry.

Once registered you will be able to lodge the following applications;

  •     Development Approval Applications (new & retrospective)
  •     Home Occupation/Change of Use
  •     Request for Subdivision Clearance
  •     Request for Written Planning Advice


If you are not eligible to lodge online then please submit a hard copy of your application at the City’s Administration building located at 1317 Albany Highway Corner George Street, Cannington.

The City has two planners available between 8:15am – 5:00pm every weekday to give you up to date information on a wide range of planning matters. If you wish to contact our department by email, please send your enquiry to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

At times we will invite you to comment on various planning issues and developments under consideration by Council, through public consultation.

To help you work out costs involved with development applications, click the following link for our fees calculator and schedule of planning fees.