Development application process
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:
Part 1: Application
Lodge the application with the required forms, plans and supporting information.
Part 2: Referral
We ask other people to look at the application if it impacts them: this may include the Queensland Government.
Part 3: Information request
We do this if we need more information about any part of the application.
Part 4: Public notification
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).
Part 5: Decision
We decide whether to approve the application or not.
Adjoining landowner search request
This search is requested before the start of the public notification stage and is required to ascertain the landowner’s names of all adjoining properties surrounding the property of the development, prior to the signage being erected.
The request form must include the lot and registered plan number for all adjoining properties.
There is no fee attached to this type of request.
Submit search request
Contact our Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appealing a decision
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.