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The scheme amendment was implemented to counter a steep rise in the number of applications and is applicable to all houses outside of heritage protection areas.

The application revenue, which fell just shy of $750 million last year, has risen to $1.4 billion this year which Mayor Giovani Italiano said was good news for the City, but a lot more work for City officers.

The proposed change represents close to 16 per cent of all residential applications, and if passed by Western Australian Planning Committee could save time for certain residents in Stirling.

‘This small change, if ultimately approved by the Minister for Planning, will mean some customers will no longer need to go through the development application process where they have single-house developments that are compliant,’ Cr Italiano said.

Cr Italiano said the City had experienced a dramatic rise in development applications being processed, resulting in delays in applicants.

‘This sort of growth is fantastic for the City but ultimately it means there has been a huge jump in the number of applications the officers now need to process, this ultimately leads to delays,’ Mr Italiano said.

‘This in turn will aid in easing the pressures by freeing up valuable time for officers to focus on the other more complex development applications the City receives, not to mention alleviate some of the frustrations being felt by our customers waiting on DA’s,’ he said.