Development Assessment Panel

Development Assessment Panel (DAP)

The State Government in 2011 created Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) to determine certain applications in place of previous decision makers, typically a Local Government Authority and/or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).  DAPs report directly to the Minister for Planning, acting as independent decision-making bodies.

Development applications that exceed certain dollar value thresholds have to be referred to a DAP for determination.  Applications are mandatory where the value of the proposed development exceeds $10 million. In addition, development proponents have the option of choosing to have a DAP, rather than the local Council, determine an application if the value of the proposal is between $2 and $10 million.

Each DAP is comprised of five members; three State Government-appointed Specialist Members and two Local Government Councillors. The City of Wanneroo, along with neighbouring Joondalup and Stirling Councils, is within what is called the Metropolitan North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

Local Councils are required to assess DAP applications by preparing reports recommending to either approve or refuse an application, including any conditions to be imposed where approval is recommended. Ultimately, though, the DAP is the decision maker and is responsible for determining the application and imposing any conditions. Councils have no right of appeal against DAP decisions.

Changes to the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) System come into effect on 1 February, 2017.

The changes will ensure the system remains flexible, responsive and more clearly communicates DAP decisions to the public.

The amendments are detailed in Practice Note 11: DAP Amendment Regulations 2016

To find out more about the changes, please view the media statements by clicking on the WA Planning website below;

WA Planning website

Guidance Notes

Guidance Note: Lodging a DAP Application

Processing DAP applications requiring Region Scheme Approval

Practice Notes

DAP Practice Note 1 – DAP Practice Note 11

Related Documents

DAP related documents

Current Development Assessment Panel applications

  • Multi-Story Mixed-Use Development
    Lot 432 (7) Sarasota Pass, Clarkson
    Application Deferred period of six (6) weeks, decision arrived from Meeting held Monday 7 November 2016. 
  • Multi-Storey Residential Development 
    Lot 69 (91) Strive Loop, Girrawheen
    Currently being assessed by Rana Murad
  • Amendments to the configuration and signage for the Drive Through Food Outlet
    Lot 701 (990L and 990) Wanneroo Road, Wanneroo
    Meeting Scheduled Monday 13th March 2017 commencing @ 2:00pm at Department of Planning, 140 William Street, Perth
  • Minor modifications to approved plans to existing Five Storey Residential Development Comprising of  50 Multiple Dwellings (DA2016/523) 
    Lot 418 (50) Alexandria View, Mindarie
    Application Deferred period of four (4) weeks, decision arrived from Meeting held Monday 27 February 2017

DAP Agendas & minutes

Click on Metro North-West JDAP 

For more information visit the Planning WA website.