Development approval is also known as Planning Approval is a legal document that allows for a use of a development on a particular piece of land. Development approval is required to ensure that any use or development of land within the Shire of Carnarvon complies with the Schemes, Residential Design Codes, Policies and other relevant legislation.

What requires Development Approval? 

The following are the frequent categories of development that require Development Approval, though not limited to: 

Residential Development

    • Construction of a single house, ancillary dwelling or outbuilding (or additions to these buildings) where a deemed-to-comply requirement of the Residential Design Codes is not met and a ‘judgement of merit’ is required). Note, a single house, ancillary accommodation or outbuilding that meets all relevant deemed-to-comply requirements of the R-Codes is exempt from development approval.
    • Construction of or additions to grouped and multiple dwellings (e.g. units, townhouses, apartments, ).
    • Modification or demolition of a place that is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places, or Shire Heritage List, or where it is subject to an order under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990.

    Home-Based Business

    Development approval is required for the use of a residential home for a home-based business could include, though not limited to:

    • Food - such as jams, sauces, other condiments, cakes (no cream). 
    • Bed and breakfast - one meal (breakfast) per day.
    • Family day care - food prepared in a residential kitchen for no more than six children
    • Hairdressing 
    • Beauty therapy

    Development approvals for home-based businesses may require approval from the Shire of Carnarvon's Environmental Health team. 


    • The display of any sign located on land owned or managed by the Shire of Carnarvon, such as road verges and public areas. Main Roads WA may require approval for some construction of signs. 

    Useful Links:

    Shire of Carnarvon Signage Policy 

    Commercial and Industrial Development

    • Any construction work that affects the external appearance of a building or land. 
    • Any change of use of land or buildings from one use to another unless the new use is permitted in the zone. 
    • Commercial or industrial development on land declared bushfire-prone.

    Please click here for the Development Application Form(PDF, 216KB)

    Development Applications Currently Advertised 

    Documents for Development Applications Currently Advertised
    TitleDocument Date
    Planning Proposal for Overflow Camping from Baiyungu Aboriginal CorporationMay 19, 2022