FAQ's

This section of the website is aimed at providing or linking to information that is useful to residents and land owners in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley.

Owning Land In The Shire

Ownership of land means accepting certain responsibilities. Development of the land must meet Building Services and Town Planning standards, be in accordance with the Town Planning Scheme, and be approved by the Shire.   

Landowners contribute to community infrastructure through the payment of Rates and taxes.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is responsible for administering the provisions of the town planning, building, health, bushfire, dog control and emergency management legislation introduced by the State Government.

Shire staff can help landowners gain the required approvals for development and building proposals and provide advice on matters relating to land ownership.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley also provides a range of community services and those services are funded from a combination of grants from the Federal and State governments, from fees collected for services and from the levying of rates on properties. The annual budget prepared by the Shire establishes the level of service provided to the community and also sets the level of rates paid by individual landowners.

Animals – Dogs And Cats

Pets are a wonderful addition to any family or home; however it is important to understand your responsibilities as a pet owner. Dog registration is required and information and forms are available on the Ranger Services page.

For any nuisance dogs or dog attack reports or for assistance with feral cats please refer to the Shires  Ranger Services team by contacting either the Kununurra Office on 9168 4100 or the Wyndham Office on 9161 1002.

Building Or Renovating

When building a new dwelling (home), or making modifications to an existing one, you are going to need a Building Licence. For more information about the certification process and how to obtain approval for building work, please refer to our Building Services page.

Building Fences

Whether it is a Swimming pool or Dividing fence, you can find the information that you need on the Building Services page.

Building A Patio

If you are building a patio then you are going to need a Building Licence. For more information about the certification process and how to obtain approval for building work, please refer to our Building Services page.

Building A Shed

A Building Licence will be required and depending on the size of your shed, a planning approval may also be needed. Please contact the Building Services team for more information.

Land Zoning And Uses

The answers you need can be found on the Zones page. The Town Planning Scheme will give you further information on zoning and land uses. Please contact the Town Planning Department for further information.

Operating A Business From Home

Some small businesses can be operated from home with the approval of Council. An application form and further information is available on the Town Planning page.

Noisy Neighbours

Should you have a problem with noise, attempt to discuss the issue directly with the responsible person and try to achieve a solution. However, please contact the Shire’s Environmental Health Officers for further information and assistance.

Recycling And Composting

For further information on the recycling that is available and the Shire's composting promotion, please refer to our Waste Management page.

Rubbish Collection

For information on rubbish collection in our Shire, please refer to our Rubbish Collection page.

Swimming Pools And Spas

There are stringent regulations regarding the compliance of swimming pools and spas. Please refer to our Swimming Pools page for more information.