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Planning Applications

Planning Services staff assess all development against the Local Planning Scheme, the Local Planning Strategy and various other State and Local Government planning frameworks, most commonly including the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia.

Planning Services staff provide advice to the public, ratepayers, builders and developers on development provisions within the Shire including how to submit planning applications and the planning process.

Planning application forms are available from the Development Services Counter of the Shire Administration Building or can be downloaded from the link below:

Application for Planning Approval Form  

Applications can take up to 60 days when advertising is not required, or 90 days when advertising is required (such as Adjoining Landowner Notifications). More time may be required if requests for further information are made so being as thorough as possible at the application stage is advised.

Statutory fees are required to accompany all applications for planning approval. Where fees are not paid at the time of lodgement the application will be deemed incomplete and may be returned at the discretion of officers.

Fees payable are determined by a number of factors, most commonly including the type of application, value and type of construction and statutory advertising requirements as applicable. To ascertain the relevant fees due for an application please contact Development Services with your exact contract cost and details on (08) 9071 0676, by email or call in to the Shire Administration Centre on Windich Street.

Subdivision Applications

The Western Australian Planning Commission (“WAPC”) is the State Government authority with the ultimate control over the processing and determination of subdivision within WA. All subdivision applications within the Shire of Esperance local government area are referred to the Shire for comment only, while the final determination is made by the Planning Commission in each instance.

For general advice or assistance, please contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676, via email at or call in to the Shire Administration Centre on Windich Street.

Development Assessment Panels

A Development Assessment Panel (DAP) is an independent town planning body that is responsible for determining certain types of development applications, as if they were the local council. 

A key component of planning reform in Western Australia, Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are intended to enhance planning expertise in decision making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.

Each DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors.

DAP determines development applications that meet set type and value thresholds as if it were the responsible authority under the relevant planning instrument, such as the local planning scheme.  The DAP regulations state that DAP applications cannot be determined by local government or the Western Australia Planning Commission (WAPC).

The role of DAP members is to determine development applications within a certain type and value threshold through consistent, accountable, and processional decision-making.

DAP Assessment applies to the following Development Applications:

a) Where estimated development cost is $10 million or more (mandatory); or

b) Where estimated development cost is $2 million and less than $10 million - (optional)  - applicant can choose to "opt-in" or not to.

Further information (including specific exemptions) can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website at:

For additional information or assistance, contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 or call in to the Shire Administration Building on Windich Street.