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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 came 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

In addition to the Guidance Note: Lodging a DAP Application; the City of Wanneroo requires the Additional Supporting Information to be submitted with the DAP Application, if the information has not been provided, or is not satisfactory, the application will not be accepted. 

  • All Development Plans (one hardcopy and one electronic to be provided) ie. Site Plan, Floor Plan, Elevations, Signage;
  • Landscaping plans; detailing the minimum 8% landscaping and specifies list; 
  • Verge treatments.
  • Cover letter/report outlining proposal and justifying any variations;
  • Stormwater Information; including the location and number of soakwells, and the provision of stormwater calculations to demonstrate that onsite stormwater storage can accommodate 1 in 100 ARI, as per the City’s Development Design Specification WD5;
  • BAL assessment; a bushfire attack level (BAL) Assessment is required if the site is located in a Bushfire Prone Area and is not subject to a Bushfire Management Plan with a BAL Contour Map;
  • Acoustic Report; if the development is likely to impact on adjoining/nearby residential areas as a result of noise generated from the proposal; and If the development will be impacted by road or rail in accordance with SPP 5.4; and
  • Traffic assessment in accordance with WAPC’s Transport Assessment Guidelines (Volume 4, Appendix A).

A Transport Impact Statement (TIS) is required where a development will generate between 10 and 100 vehicle trips in the peak hour; and A Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) is required where a development will generate more than 100 vehicle trips in the peak hour. (Specifically including daily and peak traffic volumes)

Checklist for individual development transport impact statement

Checklist for individual development transport impact assessment

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. 
     
  • Child Care Centre Development
    Lot 3801 (1001) Joondalup Drive, Banksia Grove
    Currently being assessed by Bonnie Butler 


    DAP Agendas & minutes

Click on Metro North-West JDAP 

For more information visit the Planning WA website.