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:
For assessable development the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) streamlines the development application process.
This establishes the department as the single lodgement and
assessment point for development applications, where the state has
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 Queensland Planning System 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.