Quick building and planning approval turnaround support $247 million in projects

In the past twelve months the City approved building applications valued at more than $150 million and planning applications worth over $97 million.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor, Neil McIlwaine, said it is important to the City to turn around applications quickly to meet the demand from the development and construction industry.  On average, a building permit takes five working days and a planning application nine working days. 

“In the past twelve months 266 certified building approvals, or 91% of those received, were issued by the City within eight working days rather than the prescribed ten working days, and of the 752 uncertified applications, 99% were assessed within 20 days which is considerably faster than the allowed 25 days.  Planning applications were also processed in excellent time with 91% issued within 15 working days which far exceeds the prescribed time of 60 days.”

“By assessing applications quickly the City is able to support the construction industry which is keeping the City’s economy moving in a positive direction,” Deputy Mayor McIlwaine said.

“The building projects that received approval in the last twelve months are valued at more than $150 million of which $90 million were for new residential dwellings and $38 million for commercial applications.”