The City's Planning Services Division is responsible for coordination of the growth and form of the City via control and planning of residential estates, commercial centres, tourist development, rural and recreational areas. It does this through the preparation of Town Planning Schemes, assessing development, rezoning and subdivision applications and formulating policies and strategies for development and conservation.
All projects of a development nature require the planning approval of the City. Planning decisions are made by the City based on the City of Busselton Local Planning Scheme No. 21 and often involves extensive consultation with the community, Council and relevant State Government departments. If planning approval is granted, it is usually subject to a range of conditions, which must be met before the issue of the building licence, prior to the occupation of the completed development or before commencement of use (download a Development Application from the download page).
Information and application forms for subdivision approvals can be obtained from the City on (08) 9781 0444 or alternatively from the Planning WA web site. Subdivision approvals are determined by the Western Australian Planning Commission based on comments from the City and other referral authorities.