City planning staff can assist with enquiries

Development approval (also called Planning approval) is required for most types of development and land use in the City of Fremantle. Development includes:

  • the erection, construction or demolition of any building or structure
  • building alterations or additions
  • excavation work.

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For more information on planning approval please see planning FAQ.

If you have questions about the planning process or wish to discuss a preliminary proposal, a Planning Officer is available to assist you on 9432 9999 Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm or you may email When emailing, please include a draft copy of your plans or a rough sketch showing dimensions and where on the lot the proposal will be located (including distances from any boundaries) so that we may better assist you. Please note that in-person meetings require an appointment made prior to the day.

Other relevant information may also be found in the Your business section of this website.

New Planning and Development Regulations 2015

New Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) were gazetted on 25 August 2015 and take effect on 19 October 2015. The New Regulations are a major part of WA’s planning reform agenda and make changes to permitted development and other planning processes. If you would like to know more about the new Planning and Development Regulations 2015 please visit the Western Australia Planning Commission website.

New State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning Bushfire Prone Areas

As of 8 April 2016, new development requirements outlined in State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning Bushfire Prone Areas will apply to lots in designated Bushfire Prone Areas. If you would like to know more about the impact these requirements may have on future development for your property, please visit the following link - Bushfire Prone Areas

Please refer to the link of the WA Accredited Practitioners (View bpad accredited preactioner register) who will be able to assist with the relevant Bushfire Prone Area affected properties. Link -

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Planning services
City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre
8 William Street, Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634