Development Assessment 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
  • Reconfiguring a lot: includes a standard subdivision, boundary realignment and amalgamation of lots
  • 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 applicable planning scheme (either the Johnstone Shire Planning Scheme 2005 or the Cardwell Shire Planning Scheme 2007) 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 IDAS forms is available at Council's offices or electronically.

The completed IDAS forms, 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 the Smart eDA website at www.smarteda.qld.gov.au.

For further information in relation to development assessment and lodging a development application, please contact the Planning Section of Planning Services on 1300 763 903 or 07 4030 2265.

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