11 terms every would-be land developer should know!
Posted 8 August 2016

When you begin looking to develop your land you are going to start hearing a lot of terms that you may not have heard previously. Here are the definitions for some for the most important ones that every would-be land developer needs to know!

Western Australian Planning Commission:

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is the peak representative body of land use planning and development in Western Australia. Ultimately, the final approvals for subdivision are issued by WAPC via the Planning and Development Act 2005


The West Australian Land Information Authority established under the West Australian Land Authority Act 1992. Landgate is the statutory agencywhich ultimately creates the Certificate of Title.

Local Government:

Local government town planning schemes usually incorporate standards governing the development of lots, most commonly through lot size for different uses.

Structure Plan:

A structure plan provides a basis for zoning (including residential) and future subdivision of land. The preparation of a Structure plan includes preparation of servicing, traffic and environmental reports.

Plan of Subdivision:

This plan includes lot dimensions and areas, road reserves and parks, and is submitted to WAPC for subdivision approval

Developer Contributions:

The WAPC may impose conditions of subdivision requiring developer contributions (including the ceding of land) for the provision of infrastructure and services which are necessary and relevant to the subdivision.

Detailed Area Plan (DAP):

A Detailed Area Plan (DAP) is a plan of a land estate that applies certain design requirements that will protect and enhance the estate and to ensure that small lot developments have a coordinated approach to achieve desired outcomes.

Deposited Plan:

A Deposited Plan (DP) is a plan compiled from a survey which has been lodged and registered with Landgate. The DP defines the boundaries of a lot, and from the DP the Certificates of Title are created.


An easement is an agreement between parties granting the right to use all or part of a landowner’s property for some particular purpose,. Generally an easement is created to allow an agency access to the land for maintenance of services. Easements are registered on the Certificate of Title for the land.

Practical Completion:

This is the final stage of a construction project being completed prior to the builders commencing the construction of residences.

Still struggling to get your head around it all? No problem. Give us a call and let us explain it all in simple terms over a coffee.


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