Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Planning & Development Certificates Planning & Development Certificates

There are three different planning and development certificates. It is important to determine which is right for your purposes.

1. Limited Planning & Development Certificate

Section 738 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) outlines the detail contained in a Limited Planning & Development Certificate. This certificate identifies general planning information that applies to a specific site and is commonly used for due diligence and conveyancing matters. A Limited Planning & Development Certificate must contain:

  1. A summary of the provisions of any planning scheme or charges resolution applying specifically to the premises.
  2. If any of the State planning regulatory provisions apply to the premises, a description of the provisions that apply.
  3. A description of any designations applying to the premises.

A Limited Planning & Development Certificate does not provide information regarding development approvals that are applicable to the particular premises. A Limited Planning & Development Certificate must be given by Council within 5 business days of the day the certificate was applied for.

2. Standard Planning & Development Certificate

Section 739 of the SPA outlines the detail contained within a Standard Planning & Development Certificate. This certificate provides all the information contained in a Limited Planning & Development Certificate and also contains:

  1. A copy of every decision notice or negotiated decision notice for a development approval given under this Act or repealed IPA that has not lapsed.

  2. A copy of every deemed approval notice relating to the premises if the development approval to which the notice relates has not lapsed.

  3. A copy of every continuing approval mentioned in repealed IPA, section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d).

  4. Details of any decision to approve or refuse an application to amend a planning scheme made under the repealed LGP&E Act, section 4.3, including any conditions of approval.

  5. A copy of every compliance permit or compliance certificate in effect at the time the standard planning and development certificate is given.

  6. A copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register.

  7. Details of any permissible changes to a development approval given under this Act or minor changes made to a development approval given under repealed IPA.

  8. Details of any changes to a compliance permit or compliance certificate.

  9. A copy of any judgment or order of the court or a building and development committee about the development approval or a condition included in the compliance permit or compliance certificate.

  10. A copy of any agreement to which the local government or a concurrence agency is a party about a condition of the development approval.

  11. A copy of any infrastructure agreement applying to the premises to which the local government is a party or that it has received a copy of under section 673.

  12. A description of each amendment, proposed to be made by the local government to its planning scheme, that has not yet been made at the time the certificate is given.

A Standard Planning & Development Certificate does not provide any information on compliance or fulfilment of the development approval conditions. A Standard Planning & Development Certificate must be given by Council within 10 business days of the day the certificate was applied for.

3. Full Planning & Development Certificate

Section 740 of the SPA outlines the detail contained in a Full Planning & Development Certificate. In addition to the information contained in a Limited and Standard Planning & Development Certificate, a Full Planning & Development Certificate also contains the following information for the premises:

1. If there is currently in force for the premises a development approval or a compliance permit containing conditions (including conditions about the carrying out of works or the payment of money other than under an infrastructure agreement) a statement about the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of each condition, at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for.

2.  If there is an infrastructure agreement to which the local government is a party:

  • if there are obligations under the agreement that have not been fulfilled — details of the nature and extent of the obligations not fulfilled;
  • details of the giving of any security and whether any payment required to be made under the security has been made.

3.  Advice of:

  • Any prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware.
  • Proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware.

Full Planning & Development Certificates are generally requested for commercial enterprises or for sale of land involving multiple land uses on the site. A Full Planning & Development Certificate must be given by Council within 30 business days of the day the certificate was applied for.

To obtain a Planning & Development Certificate, download the request form below. Complete it and return it to Council with the applicable fee. Forms can be lodged over the counter or emailed to enquiries@cassowarycost.qld.gov.au
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Planning & Development Certificate Request Form