There are some instances when Town Planning Approval (a Development Permit) is required prior to Building and Plumbing approvals or other Council-related approvals being issued. To check if your land requires a Development Permit before subsequent approvals can be given (such as a new building), please contact our Development Assessment team on (07) 5540 5111.

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Planning advice

Planning advice in relation to proposed developments can be obtained from Council in two ways: 

Front Counter Appointment

A free service of up to 15 minutes  for general property enquiries (easements, building envelopes, zoning, etc.) and minor development investigations where no minutes are given. Contact Council to arrange an appointment.

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Pre-lodgement Meeting

A paid meeting of up to one hour for complex and technical developments where formal minutes are given. To apply please complete the Pre-lodgement Meeting form.

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More information

To find out more please read the Pre-Lodgement Meeting and Front Counter Appointment Fact Sheet

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Making a submission on a development application

Under s305 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, any person may make a submission, being a written explanation supporting or opposing a development proposal, to Council during the public notification period of a Development Application. If the submission is considered properly made, it will grant the submitter appeal rights against any future decision made by Council.

A properly made submission can be lodged electronically or in writing. In order to be considered a properly made submission, the following requirements must be adhered to:

In writing

A written submission must:

  • Be in writing and signed by each person making the submission;
  • Be received during the notification period;
  • State the name and residential or business address of each person who is making the submission;
  • State the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds; and
  • Be made to the assessment manager.

Electronically

A submission made electronically must:

  • Be received during the notification period;
  • State the name and residential or business address of each person who is making the submission;
  • State the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds; and
  • Be made to the assessment manager.

For further information about making a submission please read the Making a submission about a development application.
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Please note: In accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, if a submission has been made by two or more persons, only the principal submitter (the person identified as the contact person or if no person is identified, the submitter whose name first appears on the submission) will be acknowledged, receive a copy of the Decision Notice and will have potential appeal rights. This includes submissions by petition.

SARA fast track assessment framework

The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) fast track framework is a streamlined referral and assessment process that allows for eligible triggers and aspects of development to be assessed and quickly decided by SARA. If a triggered aspect of development within your application qualifies for a fast track assessment, a reduced fee will apply to those triggers.
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Email lodgement of Material Change of Use applications

Council accepts lodgement of Material Change of Use applications, Reconfiguration Of A Lot applications, Building Envelope amendment requests and Compliance assessment requests via email. 
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