Assessment of Developments:
The Planning Act 2016 (Qld) (PA) provides the legislative framework for planning and development assessment in Queensland. PA provides for the Development Assessment Rules (the DA Rules), which is one of the instruments that set out process and procedural requirements of the planning system.
The development assessment process in the DA Rules involves the following parts:
- Part 1 - Application
- Part 2 - Referral
- Part 3 - Information request
- Part 4 - Public notification
- Part 5 - Decision
It should be noted that not all applications will need to proceed through all five DA stages.
The following activities may require approval in accordance with the DA process:
- A material change of use such as establishing a new business or activity on a site, re-establishing a use which has been abandoned or intensifying a use.
- Reconfiguring a lot including a standard subdivision, a boundary realignment, an amalgamation of lots or the creation of an easement giving access to a lot from a constructed road.
- Carrying out operational works including filling and excavation, installing an advertising device, clearing vegetation and certain works in watercourses or tidal waters.
- Carrying out building work: See Building.
- Carrying out plumbing or drainage work: See Plumbing and Drainage.
Please check the planning scheme to see whether the development you wish to undertake is assessable and therefore requires approval from Council. It should be noted that some development may not be assessable in accordance with a planning scheme, but may still require approval in accordance with PA, for example clearing vegetation.
If development approval is required from Council, you need to lodge the relevant DA Form 1 application form with Council. A copy of the relevant DA form 1 is available here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning Council on 1300 763 903 or (07) 4030 2241.
The completed DA forms, mandatory supporting information and the applicable application fee must be lodged with Council either by post, over the counter or via email. Council's postal address, email address and the location of Council's offices can be found on the Contact Council page. To prepare an application online, please go to MyDAS2.
For further information please contact Planning Services on 1300 763 903 or 07 4030 2265. You can also email your application or planning query to email@example.com
Concurrence Agency Referrals:
Cassowary Coast Regional Council has jurisdiction as a referral agency for certain development applications for building work as identified in Schedule 9 of the Planning Regulation 2017.
Design and siting - non-compliance with the Queensland Development Code setbacks
Design and siting (site coverage, front/side or rear setbacks) - non-compliance with alternative provisions within the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Planning Scheme
Design and siting (height, amenity, privacy, carparking and/or outdoor living) - non-compliance with alternative provisions within the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Planning Scheme
Concurrence Agency Referral assessment applications can be lodged using this form: Concurrence Agency Assessment. (Please note: This form is not applicable for assessable development against the planning scheme. Those applications require the relevant DA application forms.)
Applications must be accompanied by the mandatory supporting information and the applicable fee:
Schedule of Charges and Fees 2020/2021 - Planning Services
Applications may be lodged over the counter, mailed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For council office locations and Council's postal address, see the Contact Council page.
Fees & Charges:
Extending Development Approvals:
Section 86 of the Planning Act allows the currency period of an approval to be extended at any time before the development approval lapses. To do this, an extension application must be made to the assessment manager, be accompanied by the required fee and where relevant, the owner's consent.
Referral agencies are not required to be involved or advised about the extension application before it has been decided..
Applications for an extension to the currency period can be submitted using an Applicant notice about making an extension application form and can be submitted electronically be email to email@example.com by post at PO Box 887, Innisfail Qld 4860 or over the counter at Council's Tully or Innisfail offices.
For any further enquiries about making an extension application or to obtain advice regarding payment of the relevant fee, please contact Planning Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org of Ph: (07) 4030 2241.
An exemption from a development application can be granted, under section 46 of the Planning Act 2016, in the following 3 circumstances:
- the effects of the development would be minor or inconsequential considering the circumstances under which the development was categorised as assessable development;
- the development was categorised as an assessable development only because of particular circumstances that no longer apply; or
- the development was categorised as assessable development because of an error.
For development where there is a referral agency, each referral agency has agreed in writing to the exemption certificate being given. View the factsheet on Exemption Certificate and State Assessment Referral Agency (SARA).
To obtain an exemption you need to make an application to Council. There is currently no fee for this assessment. There is likely to be a 10 business day timeframe for processing exemption requests.
To lodge an exemption:
Submit an Application for Exemption Certificate Form
Submit plans of sufficient detail, scale and quality to support the application
Hard copy applications can be submitted at any of the Council service centres
For electronic lodgements, please email to email@example.com
Exemption certificates, if approved, will be available for inspection on the Cassowary Coast Regional Council website.
View the fact sheet on Exemption Certificates for more information:
It should be noted that an exemption certificate does not remove the applicant's obligation to comply with other statutory or local government requirements for this land (e.g. building approval, concurrence agency referral, sitings).
Other Council Approvals Required for Development:
Subsequent to receiving a Material Change of Use approval for a development from Council’s Planning Department, there may be other approvals or permits required from other departments within Council. The Required Council Approvals for Development Flowchart details Council approvals relating to various components of development that may be required prior to the commencement of the use. Please note that the flowchart functions as guide only, and further approvals may also be required including those from State departments.
It is advised, as part of the process, that Council is contacted to confirm that the use can commence and that all required approvals have been obtained. For more information, please contact Planning Services on 1300 763 903 or 07 4030 2265. You can also email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clearing Vegetation for Firebreaks & Fire Managment Lines:
The Planning Regulation 2017 has been amended to simpify requirements for landholders undertaking vegetation clearing for firebreaks and fire management lines. More information can be found here.
FNQROC Development Manual Amendment 1 of 2017 Adoption:
Planning Act 2016
Planning Regulation 2017
Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2031
FNQROC Development Manual
Department of Transport & Main Roads
Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Energy
Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning