Development permit information - Queensland


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.

You should contact  the relevant local government, for information regarding assessable development, development application type and process. Advice, pre-lodgement meeting requests and advice can be found on the Queensland Planning System website.

MyDAS is 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.

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

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.


Application process

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 Queensland Government is the Assessment Manager, the best method of lodgement is via the MyDAS online preparation and lodgement system.


You cannot transfer this approval.

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 State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning