Planning & Building 

The Shire of Shark Bay is responsible for controlling land use and the design and positioning of all buildings. It is also responsible for ensuring building plans comply with the operative Town Planning Scheme, the Residential Design Codes, the Shire's Policies and the Building Code of Australia. Therefore, it is usually necessary to obtain two or more different approvals from the Shire, before commencing any development. 

Planning & Building Applications

Stage 1: Lodge Application for Planning Approval.
Stage 2: Lodge Application for Building Permit.

All applications are lodged with the Shire, and have to be accessed under the Shires Town Planning Scheme ("the Scheme"). Under the Scheme, the Shire has 60 days to process an application. If an application has to be advertised for public comment, the Shire has 90 days to process the application (unless otherwise agreed to).

Delays may occur if your application is incomplete, or more information is needed to accurately assess your application.  

Stage 1: Planning Approval

All inquiries regarding Planning Approvals can be made to Liz Bushby or by phoning 0488 910 869

Planning Applications can be obtained from the Shire office and must be completed with all required plans and associated fees.


Planning Approval Application - Envelope Front Cover

Planning Application Form

Planning Approval Application - Checklist

Planning Approval Application - Lodging An Application Information Sheet (Includes Fees & Charges)

Stage 2: Building Permit

All inquires regarding building or demolition of buildings can be made to Glenn Bangay or by phoning 0429 341 201.

A building permit is required before any building work can be carried out within the Shire, this includes such works as swimming pools, sheds, patios, and retaining walls.

Building Permit Applications can be obtained from the Shire office and must be completed with all required plans and associated fees.


Building Permit Application - Envelope Front Cover

Application for Building Permit - Uncertified (BA2)

Building Permit Application - Uncertified Lodging Guide

Statement of Work Affecting Other Land Pro Forma

Statement on Planning Pro Forma 

Please be aware that if you're wanting to Build on your property you will have to submit an Application for Planning Approval before commencing to the Building Permit Application Stage. 

When is a Building Permit Required?

A building permit is required prior to commencing any development, including pools, spas, patios, sheds, dwellings, group dwellings and commercial buildings.

To obtain a Building Permit or a Demolition Permit, a Building Permit Application Form together with two copies of all plans and specifications must be submitted to the Shire administration office.

For Building applications and other forms.

If you intend to build:

  • A house, commercial or other building:
  • Extensions to an existing building (including patios and other open-sided additions);
  • A garage, garden shed, cubby house or other outbuilding;
  • A pergola;
  • A swimming pool or spa pool;
  • A front fence or retaining wall; or
  • A boundary fence of brick, stone or concrete construction;

You will need to submit a Building Permit Application.
There are Two types of Permit applications Certified and Uncertified.

Certified Application

A Certified Application process is typically used for commercial (Classes 2-9) buildings but can be used for all classes of buildings where required. All commercial buildings are required to go through the certified approval process.

Typically a Private Certifier (Building Surveyor) would approve the Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) with all the attached plans, relevant approvals, certificates and documents. Once application has been lodged and fees paid, the Principal Building Surveyor will assess the plans prior to approving the Building Permit and compliance is met. 

The Shire has the ability under the Building Legislation to process the CDC for the Certified Application pathway internally; with an added set fee as an alternative to engaging a Private Certifier.

Uncertified Application

An uncertified approval cannot be issued for a commercial classed building or structure (Classes 2-9) as this permit process is purely for residential developments (Class 1 & 10 buildings).

An uncertifed application is dealt with entirely in house as one process including the certification of the CRC. All relevant plans are to be assessed by the Principal Building Surveyor and the Building Permit is approved if compliance is met.

Certificate of Design Compliance

A Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) is an approved document signed off by a registered Building Surveyor that certifies the design of the proposed building works in compliance to the Australian Standards, BCA and all other associated legislation. Both Certified and Uncertified Permits require a CDC prior to approval.

A CDC cannot be signed off until a Development Approval (Planning Development - if applicable) and an approval for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal (Environmental Health Department - if applicable) has been sought after and approved.