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Subdivision clearance

What is the clearance of a subdivision?
Within the prescribed period, the developer is required to request the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to approve the diagram or plan of survey of the subdivision, provided the conditions of the subdivision approval are fulfilled to the satisfaction of the WAPC.

The agency/authority (e.g. Western Power, Water Corporation of WA) or Local Government noted in brackets at the end of each condition is responsible to clear the relevant conditions and to provide a written advice to the applicant confirming that the WAPC's requirements outlined in the condition have been fulfilled.

Documents to be Submitted
Where Local Government conditions are to be cleared by the City of Wanneroo, one copy of the following documents are required to be submitted:

  • Application for Subdivision Clearance Form and Checklist
  • Subdivision Clearance Application Fee
  • Diagram or plan of survey (Deposited/ Strata Plan)
  • WAPC Subdivision Approval
  • Staging Plan (if applicable)
  • Appendices (Copies of Undertakings, Statutory Declarations)

All other supporting information should be lodged separately prior to the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

Subdivision Clearance Application Fee
Subdivision clearance application fee is to be lodged with the Application for Subdivision Clearance, please refer to the City's Planning and Sustainability Fee Schedule. Fees are not payable for POS, drainage, common property or balance title lots. Cheques are to be made payable to the City of Wanneroo.

Staging of subdivision approval
Where a subdivision approval is proposed to be staged (e.g. residential estate), the deposited plans should be identified (e.g. highlighted) on the WAPC approved plan of subdivision and accompanied by a Staging Plan to assist in early consideration of deposited plans by the City and to demonstrate when and how approval conditions will be complied with.

Developer Contribution Fees
Where the subdivision approval contains a condition requiring the payment of developer contributions, please refer to the City's Developer Contribution Scheme Rates. Alternatively a tax invoice can be obtained from the City's Scheme Contributions team by emailing schemecontributionsenquiries@wanneroo.wa.gov.au  Cheques are to be made payable to the City of Wanneroo and forwarded to the City prior or with the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

Supervision Fee
The City's Supervision Fees are:
1.5% of all Road Works & Drainage.
15% of the total contract earthworks sum is to be included when calculating the value of the 1.5% Engineering Supervision Fee.

The City's Supervision Fees should be submitted prior to the lodgement of the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

Practical Completion Inspection
The applicant/ developer is required to contact the City's Land Development team to organise an onsite Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) prior to the lodgement of the Application for Subdivision Clearance unless a bond for outstanding works has been lodged and accepted by the Land Development team. A PCI report will be forwarded to the developer/ engineer.

Bonding of Subdivisional Works
All bond requests are to be submitted on the City's Subdivision Bond Application with original signature.

The bonding of subdivision works should be submitted and approved by, and paid to the City, prior to the lodgement of the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

The City will not accept the bonding of any subdivisional works (including battleaxe legs, retaining walls, revegetation, fencing, etc) on privately owned land.

Geotechnical Reports
Geotechnical Reports should be prepared and certified by a suitably qualified professional and submitted to the City's Land Development team, prior to the lodgement of the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

Sewage Treatment Systems
For the City to clear conditions relating to sewage treatment systems, being either decommissioning or remaining in situ, the applicant should first determine whether an on-site sewage treatment system was installed at the location and if so, what it was composed of and where it was located.

If City records show that at no stage has an on-site sewage treatment system been installed at the location then a statement to that effect be supplied with the Application for Subdivision Clearance. However the applicant should ensure that the site does not contain any un-approved systems that would not be on City records and detail this in the documentation provided.

If records shown an on-site sewage treatment system was installed the City needs records to show the system has either been decommissioned or adequate setbacks are met. 

If the system is to remain, then a scale plan (1:100) showing the exact location and components of the existing system and any boundaries or structures associated with the subdivision should be submitted. For information on setback requirements please contact the Environmental Health team on 9405 5000.

If the system is still in situ and is to be decommissioned then a Certificate of Decommissioning should be completed and submitted prior to the lodgement of the Application of Subdivision Clearance.  

If records show an on-site sewage treatment system has been installed but has already been decommissioned without a Certificate of Registration being forwarded to the City at the time, then a Statutory Declaration detailing all efforts have been made to locate the system has shown the system is no longer in situ should be provided as part of the Application for Subdivision Clearance.

Subdivision clearance documents