State development area (SDA) application and request - Queensland


You will need this approval to undertake planning and development activities in a state development area (SDA). SDAs are clearly defined areas of land established by the Coordinator-General. You will need to comply with your SDA's development scheme when undertaking any activity.

SDAs typically take the form of one of the following:

  • Industrial hubs for development requiring larger footprints which are strategically located close to ports or major rail and road networks (e.g. LNG and mining industry in Gladstone, and freight and logistics in Bromelton, Cairns South and Townsville).
  • Infrastructure corridors for the co-location of infrastructure (e.g. rail lines, water and gas pipelines, and electricity transmission lines).
  • Major development sites, including tourism industry in Cairns and public works (e.g. the Queensland Children's Hospital).

A development scheme ensures development in an SDA is well planned and managed. Broadly, a development scheme:

  • identifies land uses compatible with the objectives of the SDA
  • sets out the processes and procedures for the assessment of applications and requests related to development in the SDA
  • assists in avoiding or minimising impacts to environmental, cultural heritage and community values
  • ensures orderly development.

Current state development areas include the following:

  • Abbot Point
  • Bundaberg
  • Bromelton
  • Cairns South
  • Callide Infrastructure Corridor
  • Galilee Basin
  • Gladstone
  • Queensland Children's Hospital
  • Stanwell-Gladstone Infrastructure Corridor
  • Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor
  • Townsville
  • Tropical North.

Service type


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


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Application process


All SDA application and request forms are to be submitted via the approved online forms.

The Coordinator-General can only accept SDA applications that are properly made. For an SDA application to be properly made, you must:

  • complete all fields
  • upload the necessary documentation
  • pay the relevant fee.

The development scheme for an SDA will contain a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within an SDA.

There are different types of applications or requests relating to development within an SDA. The most common is an SDA application for a material change of use (MCU). An MCU is:

  • the start of a new use of the premises
  • the re-establishment on the premises of a use that has been abandoned
  • a material change in the intensity or scale of the use of the premises.

A development scheme may also provide for some or all of the following applications and requests:

  • request for pre-lodgement consideration
  • SDA application for reconfiguring a lot or operational works
  • request to change an SDA approval
  • change application for an SDA approval
  • request to state a later currency period
  • request to carry out prior affected development
  • request for approval of a plan of subdivision.

Administering agency

Department of State Development and Infrastructure

Contact details

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