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.

Special State Government Exemptions During State of Emergency

In response to the State of Emergency due to COVID-19, the State Government has issued a Notice of Exemption covering a range of temporary exemptions for certain approvals and requirements under Local Planning Scheme No. 4.  The rules are designed to provide flexible responses to a changing crisis environment, support businesses, as well as guarantee the provision of essential community services during this time. These exemptions are temporary and will only remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency. You may need planning approval to continue an exempted land use after this period is over. 

The Notice of Exemption provides detail of each exemption, including a requirement to notify the City in writing should you wish to undertake one of the exempted uses.  Please note the City of Fremantle contains a large number of heritage protected places, which includes heritage areas, for which many of the exemptions do not apply. You can contact the City’s Duty Planner on 1300 693 736 or via email at if you need to confirm the heritage status of your property, or to confirm whether you will need to apply for planning approval. 

Red Imported Fire Ant - Fremantle Ports Quarantine Area

The Red Imported Fire Ant has been detected within the Fremantle Ports area. Because of this, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has established a quarantine area in an effort to eradicate the pest. In addition to obtaining planning and building approvals from the City, some works undertaken within the specified quarantine area may also require a permit from the DPIRD prior to commencement. This is particularly the case where works involve the movement and transportation of soil outside of the quarantine area. Further information and instructions on how to submit for a permit can be obtained by downloading the brochure below, or by visiting the DPIRD website.

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For more information on planning approval please see planning FAQ.

If you wish to discuss your proposal in person with a Duty Planner, please contact the Customer Service centre on 1300 693 736 to make an appointment. Appointments are available Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and must be booked in advance, no same day appointments are available. 

Alternatively you can discuss your proposal or query with a Duty Planner over the phone on 1300 693 736 or via email at 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. 

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

Planning and Development Regulations 2015

The Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (WA) include setting out the matters a local government must consider when deciding to grant planning approval and exemptions for certain types of development from requiring planning approval.  If you would like to know more about the Planning and Development Regulations 2015 please visit the Western Australia Planning Commission website.

State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas applies to lots in designated Bushfire Prone Areas. To learn more about how this policy may affect development for your property, please visit the Bushfire planning reform page.

Please refer the WA Accredited Practitioners for a list of accredited bushfire assessors who will be able to assist you with development requirements in these areas.

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Contact us

Planning services
City of Fremantle
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street, Fremantle
T 1300 693 736
F 08 9430 4634

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