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

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.

State of Emergency Planning Changes - Notice of Exemption from Development Approval

A Notice of Exemption was issued by the Minister for Planning to take effect on Saturday, 11 April 2020; in accordance with the new clause 78H of Schedule 2 (‘Deemed Provisions’) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 which came into effect on 3 April 2020. For further information please click here

Development Application Forms, Information Sheets and Local Planning Policies

Our development application forms, planning information sheets/checklists and Local Planning Policies can be found at the bottom of this page.

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 (i.e. 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).

Online Lodgement & Fees

The City of Canning has introduced 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

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 & 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 ten 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 has two planners available between 8.15am – 5pm every weekday to give you up to date information on a wide range of planning matters. If you wish to contact our department, please send us an online enquiry

Making a Submission

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

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