The City of Canning's Planning Services provides information and guidelines for development applications for residents, developers, builders and planners.

Planning controls

Planning controls for land use and development are identified through Local Planning Schemes. 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 (ie the Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme).

Along with the City's Local Planning Scheme No. 42 (LPS42) there are also a number of other planning documents operative throughout the City such as:

Table 3 – Zoning Table of LPS42 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.

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 have removed the requirement for development approval in regards to some forms of residential development complying 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)
  • 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 Policies (please refer to the document section at the bottom of the page).

Archival search for planning records

Planning records when held by the City, are available to the owner of any property in the City of Canning. These records consist of any available Development Approvals (DA’s) plans and documents for the property in question. If you require copies of any Building approvals (not Planning), please see our Building Services webpage for more information. Note that copies of plans acquired from a Planning or Building Archive Search are not to be submitted for the purposes of making an application. Archive plans are only to be used as a guide for the making of new plans.

To apply for an Archival Search for Planning Records please click here

The City of Canning will make every effort to obtain copies of the planning records within 20 working days, however if plans are not available or are not legible the cost of the Archiving Search will not be refunded. Please refer to the Planning Fees Schedule for a list of our current fees for this service. Please note that all fees are due before the search is carried out, we will notify you of how to make payment once your application has been lodged.

General enquiries

The City provides appointment based over the counter customer service for general planning queries. Customers may make 15 minute appointments between 12pm and 4.30pm Monday – Friday. When making an appointment please provide staff with:

  • Your name and contact number;
  • The address of the property you are wanting to discuss; and
  • A short description of what the appointment is about.
To make an appointment please contact the City on 1300 422 664.

The City also offers the two methods for receiving a written response to a planning query. For simple enquiries of a general nature you can send us an online enquiry. Alternatively, for more complex planning enquiries you can submit a request for written planning advice by logging into your My Canning online portal, here. If you would rather speak to us over the phone you can call and leave a message for one of our duty planners to call you back. Please note that we will endeavour to respond to phone messages within two working days.

While the City Planning team will maintain the general planning enquiry service, please note that due to disruption to staffing caused by Covid-19, some responses and assessment timeframes may be increased.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Making a submission

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

Online lodgement and fees

The City provides an online lodgement system for Planning applications. For further information and to register for this service please click here

If you wish to calculate your development application fee(s) prior to lodging, please click here


Is planning approval required?

View our information sheet to learn more about when planning approval is required.

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