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Generally in Accordance & Confirmation of Accepted Development

Generally in accordance applications

Completion of development work is required to be in accordance with, or generally in accordance with the conditions and approved plans of the development approval. Small deviations from approved plans may be considered as "generally in accordance". This is at the discretion of Council officers. We recommend that you get preliminary advice before submitting a request for a generally in accordance.

You can email us at attention to Fast Track Supervisor.

Confirmation of accepted development

These applications provide an assessment of the proposed property use to confirm that it is an accepted development. This means no development application required.

How to apply

Submit applications via email to using the following format:

  • forms – combined as one single PDF
  • supporting documents – combined as one single PDF
  • plans – combined as one single PDF
  • specialist reports – combined as one single PDF
  • the required fee – refer to the Register of fees and charges for more details

For more information about submission requirements see the Frequently asked questions below or call the Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708.

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  • How should I prepare my attachments for submitting via email?

    The attachments you prepare for email lodgement should include a maximum of four (4) attached PDF files – Forms, Supporting documents, Plans and Specialist Reports.

    Combine each attachment as one single PDF document and name the PDF file. See example as follows:

    • Forms 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Supporting documents 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Plans 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Specialist reports 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf

    Do not password protect the PDF documents for lodgement.

    Depending on the application type, not all four sections may need to be provided.

    Note: There is a total 20mb size limit for all attachments that can be uploaded via the online form. If your documents exceed this limit, they can be lodged separately by requesting a Dropbox link from

  • What are the requirements for a properly made application?

    The development application must be submitted in the approved form to the assessment manager, and accompanied by:

    • documents required under the form (must be attached to, or given with, the application)
    • the written consent of the owner of the premises which is the subject of the application (Note: the State Government has an applicant template with the information required for obtaining owner's consent from an individual and/or company)
    • the required fee. Refer to for the regulatory fees and charges.
  • What happens if my application is not properly made?

    Where the assessment manager considers that an applicant has not provided a development application that satisfies the requirements of the Planning Act 2016, the assessment manager must issue an action notice before the end of the confirmation period. This notice must state what actions the applicant must take for the development application to meet the properly made requirements.

  • What makes a good application?

    • use of the correct forms
    • provision of plans and drawings that clearly illustrate the proposed development, that are formatted to be able to be measured at A3 scale, that include a north point and suitable references (i.e. title, date, version and draftsperson)
    • a proper assessment of the proposal details, consideration of adjoining owners and justification against the relevant criteria (i.e. planning scheme or policy)
    • payment of the required fee.
  • What are common issues that can cause processing delays?

    Common issues include:

    • incomplete sections on the application form
    • poorly drafted, unclear plan or drawings (i.e. no dimensions, no scale, no height of buildings indicated, no setbacks from boundaries shown)
    • no proper assessment against the applicable performance criteria of the City Plan codes or policy
    • conflicting report and plan information
    • incorrect application type for the proposal (i.e. referral agency assessment vs generally in accordance).
  • What will happen to an application that has processing issues?

    Where applicable, an applicant can be given an information request which is an opportunity to rectify a matter within the assessment, before the decision is made.

    Upon receipt of the request, an applicant can choose to provide all of the information requested; provide part of the information requested; or not provide any of the information requested.

    Notwithstanding the above, as the City's assessment of the proposed application will be based on the information provided, it is recommended that you provide all of the information requested.

    If a response to the information requested is not received within the stated timeframe, the City will continue with the assessment of the application without the information requested.

  • What are the owner’s consent requirements?

    All current registered owners must provide written consent.

    Advisory notes:

    • Where a change of ownership of the premises has occurred within the last six months, a copy of the solicitor’s letter or title documentation advising the transfer date is recommended to be submitted with the application.
    • Where a power of attorney has been granted authority to sign for an owner, a certified/signed copy of the power of attorney documentation including dealing numbers is recommended to be submitted with the application.

    Where the owner is a company or corporation, written consent is required as follows:

    1. the ACN number; and
    2. the names, titles and signature(s) of:
      • two directors of the company, or
      • a director and the company secretary, or
      • the sole director plus written confirmation that the company has only one director.

    Where the owner includes a body corporate, written consent is required as follows:

    1. the body corporate seal; and
    2. body corporate
      • resolution providing written consent to the making of the application, including the names, titles and signature(s) of the chairperson and one member, or
      • letter of written consent to the making of the application including the names, titles and signature(s) of the chairperson and the secretary, or
      • letter of written consent to the making of the application from each lot/unit owner included in the body corporate.

    Other ownership arrangements

    • Leased land – the lessors of the land must give owner’s consent.
    • Dedicated parkland – the owner or the trustee, within the terms of the trust or reserve, must give owner’s consent.


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