Development permit - Queensland

Service summary

The Planning Act 2016 (PA) is the basis of Queensland's planning an development assessment legislation. The Act regulates development to:

  • manage the process by which development occurs
  • manage the effect of development on the environment (including use of premises)
  • ensure the coordination and integration of planning at the local, regional and state levels.

Under the PA there are five types of development:

  • exempt development
  • self-assessable development
  • assessable development
  • development requiring compliance assessment
  • prohibited development.

For assessable development, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning  streamlines the development application process, through the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).  This establishes the department as the single lodgement and assessment point for development applications, where the state has jurisdiction.

You should contact SARA, or the relevant local government, for information regarding assessable development, development application type and the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) process. Advice on SARA's pre-lodgement meeting requests and advice can be found on the department's website.

SARA is supported by MyDAS, the online system that allows applicants to prepare and lodge or refer applications to the department. Visit MyDAS to prepare and lodge a development application on the department's website.

Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) - Checklists are available on the department's website. These Checklists assist in determining whether you need an approval, what forms you need to complete for your application and whether there are any referral agencies for your application. Checklists can be submitted with your application as additional information, however they are not mandatory.

Checklist 1-Development assessment checklist

Checklist 2-Material change of use

Checklist 3-Reconfiguring a lot

Checklist 4-Operational work

Checklist 5-Building work in a declared fish habitat area

Checklist 6-Referral agency responses

Persons intending to undertake any development should consult the relevant local government or SARA to ascertain whether the proposed development is an assessable development which would require a development approval.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You cannot transfer this approval.


This approval remains in effect for the duration of the specific development activity.


You should contact Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to determine applicable fees.


Where a local government is the Assessment Manager, you can apply for this approval by completing and submitting the relevant application(s) to the Chief Executive Officer at the council address for the area in which the development will take place.

Where the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning is the Assessment Manager, the best method of lodgement is via the MyDAS online preparation and lodgement system.

Copies of IDAS application forms can be obtained from the Department. Forms can also be accessed and completed electronically using Smart eDA.

Additional information

You should contact the relevant local government or department to ascertain whether additional licences/permits are required relating to your development activities.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning

Act(s) name

Planning Act 2016 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning

Mailing address:
PO Box 15009
City East, Queensland 4002


13 QGOV (13 74 68)

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