Development Services Development Services

Council's Development Services Department provides a cohesive and well-rounded team which provides Planning, Building and Plumbing advice across the region. The department deals with complex development, compliance and statutory issues and is outcome focused as opposed to process. The Department is a 'one stop shop' for all development needs and can provide all advice and approvals in a timely manner.

Town planning Town planning

The Planning Act 2016 came into effect on 3 July 2017 and replaced the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.  The Planning Act 2016 provides for (amongst other things) the process by which Development Applications must be handled.  This process is set out in a statutory instrument called the Development Assessment Rules.

Council's Planning Services Section assesses all Planning Development applications - ie. Material Change of Use (MCU), Reconfiguring a Lot (ROL).  The team also assess Boundary Relaxation, Amenity and Aesthetics and Exemption Certificates.

For all planning applications you must:

  • Complete DA Form 1 (mandatory).

  • Complete any other forms relevant to your application.

  • Provide any mandatory supporting information identified on the forms as being required to accompany your application.

  • Pay the required fees.

The following provides links and/or information to assist the lodgement of a properly made development application.

DA Forms/Guides

All forms can be obtained from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning  website

 NOTE:  The DA forms are the approved forms under the Planning Act 2016 and must be used when making an application.

Amenity & Aesthetics This application applies for all structures which can impact on the amenity and aesthetics of the area or for any of the scenarios listed on the of the Application form.
Boundary Relaxation This application applies for dwelling houses proposed to be constructed closer than 6m to the front boundary and for all other structures seeking boundary relaxation to the side or rear boundary.
Exempton Certificate This application applies for specified categories of assessable development to request for exemption.
Current Planning Scheme All applications must be accompanied by a statement about how the proposed development addresses the Planning Scheme and any other relevant planning instruments.
Planning Fees & Charges 2018/2019

All applications must be accompanied by the applicable fees.

Other Useful Links


Pre-lodgement meetings Pre-lodgement meetings

Pre-lodgement Meetings are designed to provide the customer with detailed advice on proposals that are more complex and generally at a significant stage of their project/application development.

Pre-lodgement meetings allow the opportunity to present proposals once the planning has progressed to an advanced stage. The meetings are suitable for these type proposals:

  • Large scale residential developments;
  • Major economic investment;
  • Significant environmental, social or economic issues;
  • Significant Planning Scheme policy issues; and
  • Likely to attract significant community interest.

Download Pre-lodgement Request Form

Lodging a Survey Plan Lodging a Survey Plan

To assist with lodging a Survey Plan to Council, please complete the below checklist.

Along with the above checklist, Survey Plan Lodgement usually consists of:

  • Survey Plan
  • Executed Easement Documentation (if applicable)
  • Fees as per Council's Fees & Charges
  • Report demonstrating compliance with the Conditions of Development Approval.

To discuss the lodgement of Survey Plans further, please contact Council on (07) 4970 0700.

Planning certificates Planning certificates

To request any of the following town planning certificates, please complete the Development Services Search Request Form and pay the applicable fee as indicated. Planning Certificates are prepared in accordance with Schedule 23 of the Planning Regulation 2017. Types of Planning Certificates include:

  • Limited Planning & Development Certificate
  • Standard Planning & Development Certificate
  • Full Planning & Development Certificate