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How Development Assessment Panels work

Details about the administration of DAPs and the application process.

Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are decision-making bodies that are independent of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or the Western Australian Planning Commission. 

DAPs were established under the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011 and are administered by the DAP secretariat within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. For administrative efficiency, the DAP website content is available from the Planning Online website.

The application process

Intent to lodge

Where available, the applicant can discuss the proposal with local government at a pre-lodgement meeting.

Lodgement with local government

Application is lodged with Local Government, who confirms that the DAPs pathway is appropriate for the application.

Local government notifies DAPs of the application

Local government notifies the DAP secretariat, who acknowledges receipt with the local government and the applicant.

Assessment by the Responsible Authority

The Responsible Authority (mainly local government) assesses the application and prepares a report to the relevant DAP.

DAPs Meeting

The DAP secretariat prepares a meeting agenda which is published on this website. Local government will notify interested parties. A meeting is held to consider the application. 

DAP makes the decision, which will be determined as approved, refused or deferred. This will be published in the meeting minutes on this website.

Further information about the about the DAP pathway

The below documents outline in further detail about application processes and meeting procedures.