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The City of Bunbury strives to achieve a balanced approach to development that protects residential amenity, preserves heritage and provides clarity to developers.

An application for Development Approval is separate to a Building Application and is required for any type of development that is not exempt by the Local Planning Scheme and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

It is important to know when approvals are required, and the processes involved in acquiring these. Development refers to a range of building activities from clearing and leveling of land, to construction.

For further clarification, please contact the Planning Department on 9792 7000.

Lodge a Development Application via one of the following options:

Online via eServices

Application fees will be required to be paid during this online process prior to the application being submitted to the Planning Department.
Please note applications for Amendment to Development Approval are unable to be lodged via the Electronic E-services lodgment system.


Email your Development Application form and the supporting mandatory documentation and plans to . An auto-acknowledgement email is provided.


In Person or Post
A hard copy of the development application and supporting documentation can be submitted to the Administration Building at 4 Stephen Street Bunbury or posted to
City of Bunbury, PO Box 21, Bunbury WA 6231


  • Upon receipt of the Development Application, the application and supporting mandatory documentation will be preliminary assessed to confirm that the application has been submitted in full. Fees will then be requested after this point and acknowledgment and notification of the assigned planning officer will be provided.
  • Statutory Timeframes – the City’s has required statutory timeframes for determining your application however endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible. Timeframes are as follows:
    Applications that do not required advertising = 60 days
    Applications that require advertising for public comment = 90 days
  • When finalised, a decision notice will be emailed to the applicant and owner. Please note, the City is no longer providing hard copy approvals unless specifically requested.

Planning Forms
Please refer to the City’s Planning Application Forms page (link on the sidebar)