Development assessment and approvals
Water-related development includes works that take or interfere with water in a watercourse, lake, spring, aquifer or from overland flow. Such works may include but are not limited to pumps, diversion channels, weirs, dams, or bores.
Approvals for water-related development are dealt with under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (PDF)*.
Changed process to development applications
On 1 July 2013, the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) established the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning as the single lodgement point for all development applications where the state has a jurisdiction under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
SARA provides a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to the state's assessment of development applications. All assessable development requirements under the Water Act 2000 are outlined in the State Development Assessment Provisions.
Types of development
Under the Sustainable Planning Act, development may be:
- compliance assessed
1All development is considered exempt unless it is assessable, compliance assessed, prohibited or self-assessable.
Under the Sustainable Planning Act, assessable development includes:
- works that take or interfere with water in a watercourse, lake or spring (e.g. pump, gravity diversion, stream redirection, weir or dam)
- artesian bores anywhere in the state
- subartesian water bores used for stock or domestic purposes in certain declared subartesian areas
- subartesian bores used for purposes other than stock or domestic use in declared subartesian areas.
Types of assessment
There are three levels of assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act:
- impact assessment (not relevant to water-related development)
- code assessment
- self assessment.
Types of approval
- You will require a development permit before you can begin work on assessable development.
- You will not require a development permit before undertaking any self-assessable development, but the work must comply with applicable self-assessment codes.
Applying for a development permit
To apply for a development permit, see information on SARA on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.
Any request to extend, change or cancel a development permit for operational works relating to water will need to follow the new process established under SARA.
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Last updated 18 July 2013