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Changes due to COVID-19
Please be advised that amendments to Queensland's planning legislation are now in effect in response to the COVID-19. These provisions were enacted by the Minister for Planning on 19 March 2020, taking effect from 20 March 2020. Declarations issued by the Minister within this Applicable Event can be found here.
Please be aware that Council’s timeframes may be subject to some delays or any additional declarations issued by the Minister. Council will endeavour to notify the relevant customers during this time and thank your for your patience.
- Town Planning
- Development Applications
- Amenity and Aesthetics
- Boundary Relaxation
- Exemption Certificate
- Current Planning Scheme
- Pre-lodgement meetings
- Lodging a survey plan
- Planning certificates
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.
All applications must be accompanied by the applicable fees.
The Planning Act 2016 came into effect on 3 July 2017 and replaced the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The Planning Act 2016provides 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.
All forms can be obtained from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.
NOTE: The Development Application forms are the approved forms under the Planning Act 2016 and must be used when making an application.
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 application form.
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.
This application applies for specified categories of assessable development to request for exemption.
All applications must be accompanied by a statement about how the proposed development addresses the Planning Scheme and any other relevant planning instruments.
Other Useful Links
- Planning Act 2016
- Planning Regulation 2017
- Queensland - Our Planning System
- Sustainable Planning Act 2009
- Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009
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.
To assist with lodging a Survey Plan to Council, please complete the 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.
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
Operational work is a term defined by the Planning Act 2016. It refers to work, other than building work or plumbing or drainage work, that affects a premises or the use of a premises. The range of these works may include excavating or filling, clearing vegetation, road works and infrastructure.
During the construction phase of a development (post approval), changes to design may be required. To formalise these changes, the following form must be completed and submitted to Council for approval of the change.
Operational Works - Construction Phase Change Request Form (Note: No lodgement fee required).
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Gladstone Regional Council would like to acknowledge the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda people who are the traditional custodians of this land. Gladstone Regional Council would also like to pay respect to Elders both past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Learn more about Council's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).