On 3 July 2017, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will be replaced by the Planning Act 2016, creating a new planning system for Queensland. This means there will be changes in some of your dealings with Council, especially when going through the development application process with Council. Visit the Queensland Government planning reform website for further information on the changes.

From this date, you will also see changes under the ‘Planning & Building’ section of Council’s website. This includes changes to the menu structure, and new content articles. All the existing content will still be available. After 3 July, if you are having any issues finding content within the new structure, please contact Council’s Technical Advice Officers on 131 872.

Development application processes & online lodgement

Learn about the development application process, types of applications, how to lodge development applications and avoid assessment delays. You can also check the status of a development application. 

View related forms and printable information sheets.

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Save time and money by submitting your development application online. Our lodgement team will email you to confirm receipt of your application within two working days. This is a lodgement service only and acceptance of this application does not constitute a properly made application. Council officers will contact you in due course to advise whether the application is properly made. A properly made application requires: IDAS/relevant application form/s the relevant fee (see our Plannin ...
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For certain types of developments, a development application may be needed for a development permit. Development applications must be made using the designated application forms from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website. When a development application is lodged with Council the process followed is the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS). The process consists of five stages: 1. Application stage 2. Information and referral stage 3. Notifica ...
A pre-lodgement meeting is a free meeting between prospective applicants and Council technical staff to discuss a development proposal prior to the formal lodgement of a development application with Council. A pre-lodgement meeting provides a prospective applicant the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical aspects of a development proposal following a preliminary assessment of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. ...
Our Planning and Development branch prepares monthly statistics for all development approvals issued by Council in that period. Statistics are categorised into application type for Planning, Engineering and Building, Plumbing and Drainage. Development application approval statistics monthly update View the Development assessment approval statistics monthly update (PDF). Detached dwelling applications and unit applications decreased in March 2017, compar ...
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