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Introduction

The City of Devonport is ideally located on the Mersey River in the heart of the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania. This unique location opens up the City to the river, ocean and mountain views, and a lifestyle by its 25,628 residents.

Devonport offers a safe and pristine environment, friendly and welcoming people and plenty of opportunities. Devonport is the major sea gateway to Tasmania and its thriving port is the home for the two passenger ferries, Spirit of Tasmania 1 & 2. These ferries connect Devonport with Melbourne, offering daily sailings. Devonport airport is the third largest in Tasmania, with frequently scheduled daily services to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Devonport is particularly well known for its reserves and recreational facilities. From the kilometres of walking and cycling tracks, beautiful beaches, a river suitable for a number of water sports, great fishing and numerous parklands, the City encourages an active and family friendly lifestyle.

Cultural facilities include the Devonport Regional Gallery, which has a collection of Tasmanian art works, ceramics, prints and photographs; the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, with a collection relating to early shipping activities; and the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, which is the premier entertainment facility on the North West Coast.

Although the municipal area is small in size for Tasmania, at only 114 square kilometres, it is the centre for a rich agricultural district which produces a significant amount of Tasmania's vegetable crops (beans, onions, peas and potatoes), as well as cereals, oil poppies, pyrethrum and other crops. Dairy production and processing is also significant.

Secondary industries include processing of agricultural products, which represent a large share of total Australian production. The region also produces cement of which large tonnages are exported through the Devonport port.

We're also planning for the future and leading the way in the re-invigoration of the CBD through the LIVING CITY project.

We welcome you to Devonport and invite you to explore our website to learn more about how we support the life of our community, and about the exciting future we're building in Devonport.

Services

Property Valuations

Properties in Tasmania are re-valued by the Office of the Valuer-General under the Valuation of Land Act 2001 for the purpose of local government rating and tax purposes.

General revaluations are issued every six years, with properties within the Devonport municipal area last revalued in 2015.

Planning & Development

f you are building or changing the way you use your land you may need a planning permit and/or a building permit.

Planning permits relate to the use of land in accordance with the planning scheme. A planning permit allows land to be subdivided, developed or used for a particular purpose, such as the use and construction of a house and any associated works; tree removal or to operate a business or other commercial activity.

Building permits relate to structures and are required to ensure a construction complies with the Building Regulations 2016. A building permit may be required for a structure, fence or retaining wall. Building permits are issued by a private registered building surveyor.

When a planning permit is required, it will need to be approved prior to a building permit being issued. A building permit must be consistent with requirements of the planning permit.

We provide assistance and advice about construction and land use in Devonport. Prior to commencing any works talk to a planner to see if a planning permit is required, and then find a building team to discuss obtaining a building permit.

Water Management

Our wetlands are important ecosystems for native flora and fauna. Such areas were previously referred to as 'swamps' or 'bogs and tended to be viewed as unproductive land that was best drained and filled.

As land became scarce wetlands also began to be seen as potential development or agricultural sites. Many housing and industrial sub-divisions in Devonport, as in other parts of the world were built on land that was previously wetlands.

Today it is accepted that well functioning wetlands have enormous benefits for the environment and the community.

Amongst other things they:

Provide habitat for native flora and fauna (including our own endangered Central North Burrowing Crayfish Engaeus grantulatus)
Act as a water filter, purifying water as it flows through the wetland
Act as retention basins for water when there are floods
Add nutrients to the water and soil
Serve as recreation areas for such activities as walking and observing wildlife
Improve the appearance of the landscape by contributing to its diversity
Are educational tools for flora and fauna studies
Are useful scientific research sites
Are culturally important for nature appreciation

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