Planning in Queensland

For all applications in SE Qld the SEQ Regional Plan will be relevant to your development
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Planning in Queensland operates under the Planning Act 2016 (the PA). This Act and its Regulations form the framework for how the development application process occurs. The PA covers applications to carry out building work, carry out operational work, subdivision (reconfiguring a lot – RaL), and making a material change of use of premises (MCU).

For all applications in South East Queensland the SEQ Regional Plan will be relevant to your development. This planning instrument specifies the “Urban Footprint” where development may occur. Outside of this area are the “Rural Living Area”, intended for the consolidation of rural residential development, and the “Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area” where any further subdivision of land is limited to a minimum lot size of 100Ha.This effectively means that your property must be located within the Urban Footprint to allow house lot subdivision or Material Change of Use for commercial, industrial or residential purposes.

Councils are normally the organisations charged with the power to assess commercial, industrial or residential development applications.

The DA assessment process sometimes involves the referral of specified development to State Government referral agencies such as the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Department of Environment and Science, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, etc where appropriate.These State agencies can prescribe development conditions for the eventual Development Permit (your approval).

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You may have already had some experience with the difficulties associated with the Council development application (DA) process.  With us on your team, drawing on our extensive experience in readying projects for approval, your chances of development approval will vastly improve.