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DAP threshold changes take effect

Monday, 4th May 2015

developmentProposed changes that allow more property developers to bypass local councils and apply to an independent panel for building approvals have taken effect this month.

The reforms have widened the threshold in which developers can choose to bypass Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and submit buildings applications to Western Australia’s Development Assessment Panel (DAP).

Property developers can now choose to have their building applications, valued between $2 million and $10 million, determined by the DAP. The previous range was for projects valued between $3 million and $7 million.

The revised regulations, which took effect on May 1, apply to all property developments in Western Australia, excluding the City of Perth local council where the upper limit is $20 million.

The DAP is responsible for assessing all projects that are valued above the upper thresholds.

The reforms were flagged in the January edition of Momentum Wealth’s Property Wealth News after the WA state government revealed it was seeking to make the changes sometime in 2015.

The DAP was established in 2011 and was formed to provide better decision-making outcomes for development applications.

The changes to thresholds are expected to create a more flexible system for property developers and allow them to choose whether their applications are determined by the DAP or relevant LGA.