Application Stage 1

Do you have an idea for developing an irrigated agriculture proposal? 

If you have identified an area and have a concept of what you would like to do on the land, you can begin the Application Stage One of the process to develop your idea.

In this stage you need to do some initial research to be able to describe the land you are interested in, show the area in a sketch or map, and outline your proposed use of the land. You should also seek initial consent from the registered lessee, management body or other interest holders.

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Step 1

Identify the land owner

Contact Landgate

First, if you are unsure if the area of your proposal is on Crown land, you should contact Landgate to identify the owner, lessee or management body of the land. 

Landgate is the State’s source of location information, helping to inform important decision-making in government, business and the community. Landgate provides information including:

  • Land titles
  • Property details
  • Property valuations – extracts from the valuation roll
  • Property sales reports
  • Maps of Western Australia
  • Aerial/satellite imagery
  • Identification of dedicated roads
  • Registered interests

Call Landgate Customer Service on 9273 7373 or 1300 556 224 (regional Australia), email:, or visit or go to the Landgate Office, at 1 Midland Square, MIDLAND.

Did you know?

Registered Interests on the Crown land title could include leases, easements, mortgages, caveats or management orders. Unregistered interests could include native title and mining interests which are not registered on the Crown land title.

Handy Hint

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Development Officers can assist you in identifying your area of interest and/or developing a concept before you submit your Crown Land Enquiry Form (CLEF).

Seeking early advice can avoid many issues and DPIRD recommends that proponents complete a land capability assessment to determine the suitability of land for the proposal. 

Visit the DPIRD website for guidance on land capability assessments.

Step 2

Complete a crown land enquiry

Read the Crown Land Enquiry Guide

When you have confirmed that your area of interest is on Crown land you should complete a CLEF with the required details and submit it to DPLH for assessment. Download our CLEF Guide below for help and instructions on how to complete the form. 

Complete the Crown Land Enquiry Form

Handy hint

You need to give the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) a dimensioned sketch as part of your CLEF submission.  It is highly recommended that you engage a consultant or land surveyor to provide you with advice or assistance on the best way to show your area of interest.  This will assist your proposal to be assessed with minimum delay. Further information on using a consultant or land surveyor can be found on the Application Stage 2 page.

Submit the Crown Land Enquiry Form

The CLEF can be completed by hand or digitally and emailed to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH). 

The completed and signed form can be returned by any of the following methods:

Electronically scan and email to:

Post: Proposal Crown land, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Locked Bag 2506, Perth, WA 6001

Facsimile: +61 8 6552 4417

What happens next?

When DPLH receives your CLEF it will assess your proposal and undertake a tenure investigation to check:

  • Whether there is access to the land
  • Underlying tenure and interests in the land
  • Registered encumbrances on the Crown land title e.g. caveat, mortgage
  • Native title.

DPLH will provide an In-principle Support Package with advice on any potential Crown land issues specific to your area of interest including:

  • In-principle support for your proposal, if appropriate
  • A job number, to use as a reference for your proposal
  • A checklist on who to consult
  • Sample referral letters
  • Details of the relevant Native Title Party and their contact details.
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Page updated 10/08/2017

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