Development applications must be lodged with the assessment manager for your application. The Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, schedule 6, will assist you in determining the assessment manager for your application.
Local government will generally be the assessment manager if your application is for development completely in a single local government area and involving the following types of development:
- development made assessable under the planning scheme
- building work that is assessable under the Building Act 1975 (note: a private certifier may act as the assessment manager for a building works application)
- reconfiguring a lot (e.g. subdivisions)
- operational work associated with reconfiguring a lot.
Development applications can be lodged electronically or with pape based approved forms. If you are using the paper based forms, you may lodge your application by posting it to the assessment manager or delivering it in person.
Applications completed and lodged with assessment managers electronically need all relevant material to be scanned or completed online. Additional information can be provided to the assessment manager separately.
Electronic lodgement is currently available in various locations across Queensland. For more information and to find out which councils and agencies accept electronic lodgement, go to the development assessment online section of this website.
Whichever way you submit your application, you must ensure that all of the relevant information is included. Failure to provide all of this information may result in your application not being a properly made application.
If an application is not properly made it may not be accepted and the assessment manager must give you notice that the application has not been properly made, and information about how to remedy this. If you do not remedy a deficient application within the relevant timeframe, the application will lapse.
For certain types of applications, the assessment manager is required to give you an acknowledgement notice, stating that your application has been received.
The assessment manager must also keep a range of documents available for inspection and/or purchase for each application.
If your application is complex, it is recommended that you seek advice from a professional builder, developer or planner.