In some circumstances, developers can obtain clearance of subdivision conditions before completing the necessary works.

Securing early clearance can only be obtained by entering into a Works Agreement.

This is a ‘one-off, upfront’ agreement between us and the developer and is designed to remain in place for the duration of the development.

Land developments that create under 10 lots are not eligible for a Works Agreement and are required to enter into a Land Development Agreement.

Land developments that create more than 10 lots and don’t have multiple stages are required to enter into a Works Agreement but are not required to submit a concept plan.

Land developments that create over 10 lots and have multiple stages are required to enter into a Works Agreement as well as produce a concept plan.

Information on producing a concept plan can be found in our Developers Manual.

A Works Agreement cannot be executed until a subdivision application within the Works Agreement boundary has received conditional approval from the Western Australia Planning Commission.

   Under 10 lots

10 - 30 lots and only
One stage

10 or more lots and/or
Multiple stages
 Land Development Agreement Required Not required  Not required 
 Works Agreement Not eligible  Required Required 
 Concept plan Not required Not required  Required 
 Early clearance Not eligible Eligible  Eligible 
 Security required Not required On discretion* Not required 

The process - concept plan required

  • The developer applies to Water Corporation to enter into a Works Agreement.
  • We provide the planning information required to produce a concept plan– to progress the proposed development, the concept plan can be developed to a stage where it is satisfactory.
  • However, it can only be accepted when a subdivision application has reached conditional approval.
  • The Works Agreement will be provided with the initial marked up concept plans.
  • The Works Agreement will be countersigned by us when the concept plans have been accepted. We are then able to process reticulation plans for each stage of subdivision.
  • The reticulation design plans are submitted and we provide minor administrative information (e.g. access chamber numbers) and check for conformance with the concept plan – they do not undergo a comprehensive review.
  • Fulfil ‘start-up’ meeting requirements for each stage before beginning any works.
  • Apply for early clearance (if required)
  • The works are constructed and taken over by Water Corporation. Any non-compliant works are required to be rectified prior to being taken over.

The process - no concept plan required

  • The developer applies to Water Corporation to enter into a Green Title Agreement.
  • The initial reticulation design plans are submitted and we provide minor administrative information (e.g. access chamber numbers) – they do not undergo a comprehensive review.
  • The signed agreement is returned with the final reticulation plans
  • Water Corporation will co-sign the agreement once the final reticulation plans are accepted
  • Fulfil ‘start-up’ meeting requirements for each stage before beginning any works.
  • Apply for early clearance (if required)
  • The works are constructed and taken over by Water Corporation. Any non-compliant works are required to be rectified prior to being taken over.

  • No financial securities required to obtain early clearance against works*conditions apply.
  • Reduction in time to obtain early clearance.
  • One Agreement for entire development.
  • Reduction in fees and documents.
  • Time to complete works has been extended and made uniform.
  • Less scrutiny of design plans and faster ‘turn-around’ times by Water Corporation.

When you have completed the above steps, we will assess your request against the terms of the Works Agreement and if all conditions have been met, we will clear the subdivision conditions.

Applications for early clearance can be made on a case by case basis and will have a Service Obligation Date (SOD) of 22 weeks from the clearance date. In general, there is no longer a need to supply a financial security while satisfactory assets are delivered however, the assessment of performance will now be made against the developers and their representatives.

Note: The Developers Manual contains more detailed information and includes all forms required for each step in the process.

Under a Works Agreement, the assessment of performance will be made against the Developer and Representatives and will include but not be limited to:

  • SOD date achieved
  • Extension to the SOD date received in writing within allocated timeframe
  • Works delivered to Corporation standards with no defects identified
  • As constructed drawings provided within allocated timeframes
  • All other conditions within the Works Agreement achieved
If it becomes evident that there is a history of poor performance, the developer and representatives may need to provide evidence to demonstrate why they should be eligible for future early clearances

  • Approval of applications is at our discretion, including altering the time allocated to complete the works.
  • We are indemnified from all costs arising from your default on any term or condition.
  • The financial institution providing the guarantee must meet our requirements and have no interest in the development.
  • The agreements only apply to water and wastewater reticulation works to developments.
  • You must agree to meet all construction costs.
  • Once clearance has been finalised, you generally have 22 weeks to complete the works.
  • If you fail to complete works by agreed service obligation dates, you may not qualify to receive any further clearances.

More information

Please email us or call (08) 9420 2099.