Development approvals are required for assessable development prescribed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to:
- remove, destroy or damage protected marine plants and/or
- for operational and/or building works in a declared Fish Habitat Area
A resource allocation authority is also required for the area within a declared Fish Habitat Area for:
- operational works;
- building works; or
- self-assessable code activities under the minor impact works code ('Code for self-assessable development - Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants', number MP06)
Applicants must lodge development applications and a resource allocation authority must be obtained from Fisheries Queensland if the land is on unallocated tidal land or in Queensland waters for aquaculture developments, or in a declared Fish Habitat Area for other types of developments or for marine deadwood collection.
For further information contact:
- Fisheries Queensland website or the relevant regional Fisheries Planning and Assessment office,
- Department of State Development
- Local governments.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Applicants should be aware that development under the Sustainable Planning Act and proposed in the declared Fish Habitat Area may only be carried out if the person holds a resource allocation authority authorising the person to interfere with the declared Fish Habitat Area.
There are no pre-requisites for lodging an application to obtain development permit for operational works to remove, destruct or damage protected marine plants or for operational works or building works in a declared Fish Habitat Area.
Applicants should refer to the State Development Assessment Provisions, specifically 'Module 5 Fisheries Resources', available online at the Queensland Government website.
The term of the Resource Allocation Authorities approved for the nominated declared Fish Habitat Area varies. The term reflects the prescribed development purpose and will be in effect until the approved operational and/or building works are completed, with start and expiry dates specified on the authority. The authority holder must ensure all relevant approvals are held prior to the commencement of development or activities requiring approval.
Contact DSDIP in regard to development application fees. Particular assessment manager and concurrence agency application fees are prescribed in Schedule 7A Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009.
Contact Fisheries Queensland in regard to Resource Allocation Fees which are prescribed in Schedule 8 Fisheries Regulation 2008 - Part 1 Resource Allocation Authorities and Part 5 Relevant assessment fees and offset assessment fees.
Development application forms are available from the Department of State Development website.
Note: Pre-lodgement meetings or discussions are encouraged - contact the relevant Fisheries Queensland Regional Planning & Assessment office (see Contact List).
Resource Allocation Authority application forms and information sheets are available from the Fisheries Queensland website.
Further information/clarification of the proposal and offset options may be explored.
Native title notification may be required.
Resource Allocation Authorities are transferable between individuals and entities and the transfer is subject to assessment by Fisheries Queensland.
This approval/permit is regulated by the Fisheries Act 1994 & the Fisheries Regulation 2008.
If you are planning fisheries development on state land, you need to obtain the state government's consent in the form of a resource allocation authority (RAA) from Fisheries Queensland for work in a declared fish habitat area as well as these other uses of state resources:
- tidal aquaculture on unallocated state land (e.g. oyster aquaculture)
- commercial collection of dead marine wood from unallocated state land.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Impact Assessment and Management
Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Queensland)
Fisheries Act 1994 (Queensland)
Fisheries Regulation 2008 (Queensland)
Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (Queensland)
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