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Tidal works applications

Applications for new tidal works are administered under the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) as part of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.  

Under IDAS, all development triggered under the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 is referred to the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA). SARA is the single point of state referral and assessment, managed by the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning.

Should an application include operational works that are triggered under the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, the application will need to be referred to SARA. This trigger may apply to development applications which propose:

  • tidal works 
  • disposal of dredge spoil or other solid waste material in tidal water
  • reclaiming land under tidal water
  • constructing a canal, if the canal is associated with reconfiguring a lot. 

Tidal works are defined under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 and can include construction or demolition of boat ramps, bridges, embankments, jetties, pontoons and wharves. 

The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) support the operation of SARA. The SDAP establishes development assessment requirements for proposals that may impact on maritime safety. The department has produced guidance material for achieving the performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes for the maritime safety state code.

For further information about development assessment of tidal works, refer to the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning's website.

Last updated
24 August 2017