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 Difference Between Planning and Building

Planning approvals and building permits are different and are controlled by different legislation.

This means that you may need to apply for planning approval, or a building permit, or both depending on your proposed development or land use.

If your development does require planning approval, you must obtain the planning approval before lodging a building permit application with the City.

Planning Approvals

A Planning Approval is a legal document granting permission for a development or land use. Planning approvals ensure that development within the City of Belmont complies with the Local Planning Scheme, Residential Design Codes and other relevant legislation and policies.

Development includes:

  • a single house, grouped dwellings, or multiple dwellings
  • extensions to your house
  • ancillary dwellings (granny flats)
  • running a business from home (home business, home occupation, or home store)
  • changing an existing land use, for example, from an office to a shop
  • offices, warehouses or showrooms
  • signage
  • Section 40 Liquor Licence Certificates

Schedule 2, Part 7, clause 61 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 includes a list of developments that do not require planning approval.

The Council is responsible for making most of the planning decisions that affect its municipality. The Western Australian Planning Commission and the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel, where permitted by legislation, can also make planning decisions within the City.

To find out if planning approval is required for your proposal, please send an email including details of the proposed development to: or phone (08) 9477 7222.

Please refer to the planning application types to see what information is required when submitting a planning application.

Building Permits

Building permits are controlled by the Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012. A building permit ensures the building is structurally safe and complies with the relevant legislation.

All building work requires a building permit, unless there is an exemption for the proposed work under Part 5 of the Act and Part 6 of the Regulations or the City's Local Laws.

It is important to note that a planning approval is sometimes required before a building permit can be issued. Planning approval should be obtained before lodging a building permit application with the City.

If you have any building permit related enquiries, please send an email to: or phone
(08) 9477 7425.

Building Permit application information can be viewed here.