Western Australia

WA Development Assessment Panels now in operation

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day announced last Friday that Development Assessment panels (DAP) are now operational throughout Western Australia.

The Minister called the panels a key component of the State Government's reform of the approvals process and said applicants could lodge development assessment applications to local governments for determination by one of the 15 panels.

"To have DAPs up and running is a key milestone in this Government's commitment to making the WA planning approvals process more transparent, efficient and consistent," Mr Day said.

An application with a development value of equal to or more than $7million (or $15 million in the City of Perth) must now be determined by a development assessment panel.

In addition, applicants will have the option for panel determination of applications between $10 million and $15 million in the City of Perth, and $3 million to $7 million across the rest of the State.

Each panel consists of five members: the presiding member, two additional specialist members and two elected local government representatives. Members of each panel were announced last month.

More information on the Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) is available from the new DAPs website at <http://daps.planning.wa.gov.au>.

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