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Development Incentive Scheme

A development incentive scheme has been introduced for the Cassowary Coast region, offering a 50 per cent reduction in infrastructure charges for certain developments. The scheme applies to developments approved from 21 April 2016 and completed by 30 April 2018. It largely promotes commercial, industrial and tourism development in different parts of the region but also promotes some infill residential development. The scheme has been introduced to help stimulate investment in the Cassowary Coast region. It is part of a broader investment incentives strategy being developed by Council. Click here to access Council's information sheet on Development Incentives

Request Form for Reduction in Infrastructure Charges (word version)
Request Form for Reduction in Infrastructure Charges (pdf version)


Development Assessment

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) (SPA) provides the legislative framework for planning and development assessment in Queensland. SPA provides for the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS), which is the system used for lodgement, assessment and approval of development applications.

The IDAS process involves five stages as follows:

  • Application
  • Information and referral
  • Notification
  • Decision
  • Compliance Stage

It should be noted that not all applications will need to proceed through all five IDAS stages.

Certain types of development will require assessment in accordance with the IDAS process. The following activities constitute development which may require approval in accordance with the IDAS process:

  • Making a material change of use: establishing a new business or activity on a site, re-establishing a use which has been abandoned or the intensification of a use
  • Reconfiguring a lot: includes a standard subdivision, boundary realignment and amalgamation of lots or creation of an easement giving access to a lot from a constructed road
  • Carrying out operational works: includes 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

If you wish to undertake some form of development, you should check the planning scheme to see whether the development 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 SPA, for example clearing vegetation.

If development approval is required from Council, you will need to lodge the relevant application forms with Council. A copy of the relevant IDAS forms is available by emailing Phone: 4030 2241.  Alternatively forms are also available electronically here.

The completed IDAS forms, mandatory supporting information, along with the applicable application fee must be lodged with Council either by post, over the counter at a Council office or online. Council's postal address and the location of Council's offices can be found at the Contact Council part of this website. To lodge an application online, go to Smart eDA.

For further information in relation to development assessment and lodging a development application, please contact Planning Services on 1300 763 903 or 07 4030 2265.  You can also email your application or planning query to

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