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All councils in Queensland have a common system for receiving and assessing development applications which is guided by the Planning Act 2016 and the current version of the Development Assessment Rules.
There are five key parts to the development assessment process:
Lodge the application with the required forms, plans and supporting information.
We ask other people to look at the application if it impacts them: this may include the Queensland Government.
We do this if we need more information about any part of the application.
The time when members of the public can look at the application and comment on it. This is only done for complex applications (impact assessable).
We decide whether to approve the application or not.
After a development application has been decided, the Planning Act 2016 specifies certain instances where the applicant or another party can appeal the decision. This includes anyone who made a properly made submission during the public notification period.
For further information on the development application process such as lapsing of an application, missed referral agency and stopping a current period please refer to the current version of the Development Assessment Rules. To track your DA, contact the Assessment Manager assessing the application by phone or email to confirm its current status. Alternatively, an applicant can view the progress of an application via PD Online.
For a detailed explanation of the steps involved, visit the Queensland Government's webpage.