Planning Scheme Information

Planning Schemes support growth and assist in managing development in an area. The Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 was adopted by Council on 5 April 2018 and commenced on 1 May 2018.  On 19 June 2018, Council adopted Version 2 of the planning scheme.  Version 2 of the Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 commences on 25 June 2018 and it
includes a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP). 

The Planning Scheme sets out Livingstone Shire Council's intention for development in the Planning Scheme area over the next ten (10) years. The Planning Scheme seeks to advance State and regional policies, including State Planning Policies and the Central Queensland Regional Plan, through more detailed local responses taking into account the local context. 

The Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 (Version 1) became a superseded planning scheme on 25 June 2018.  The Livingstone Shire Planning Scheme 2005 (Reprint 7) became a superseded scheme on 1 May 2018.  Recent superseded planning schemes can be accessed from this page below.
Planning Scheme

View the Livingstone
Planning Scheme 2018 Online

Easily navigate the contents of the Planning Scheme including search and print options

This link directs you to PDF versions of the planning scheme document parts and maps, (which includes the Local Government Infrastructure Plan), and background planning studies


User Guide and Information Sheets for the Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018
This link directs you to PDF inforrmation sheets on various planning scheme matters, as well as a User Guide for the planning scheme

Superseded Planning Schemes                                                                                                                                                                                 

A planning scheme (or version/reprint thereof) becomes superseded when a new planning scheme or planning scheme amendment is gazetted. Access to the most recent superseded planning schemes is available via the below links:

Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 (Version 1)  
 Superseded as at 25 June 2018
Livingstone Shire Planning Scheme 2005 (Reprint 7)                             Livingstone Shire Planning Scheme 2005 (Reprint 6) 
Superseded as at 1 May 2018
 Superseded as at 9 July 2017

Central Queensland Regional Plan​                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Central Queensland Regional Plan (October 2013) is one of the Queensland Government's statutory regional plans providing strategic direction and policies to deliver regional outcomes which align with the State's interests in planning and development.

​The Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018, specifically the strategic framework, appropriately advances the Central Queensland Regional Plan, as it applies in the planning scheme area. 

State Planning Policy                                                                                                                                                                                                  

​The SPP outlines State Government interests that must be considered in every planning scheme across Queensland. These state interests are arranged under five broad themes:

  • ​liveable communities and housing
  • economic growth
  • environment and heritage
  • safety and resilience to hazards
  • infrastructure
​The integration of the SPP into local planning schemes ensures that the most important state planning interests are protected and managed in a way that is relevant to every area across Queensland. The State Government works with Councils to ensure that state interests are adequately reflected in their schemes, and the Planning Minister provides the final approval of these schemes.

The State Government does not mandate how state interests should be applied because Queensland Councils are too diverse. A Council in a remote part of the state, for example, will have different needs, priorities and policies than will an urban council. 

As Councils prepare their local planning schemes, they need to show how the state interests will be reflected locally. Each of the 17 state interests in the SPP is supported by a guideline. These guidelines help Councils put the policy into action. Development applications may also have to address the SPP where relevant mapping and triggers apply. 

Access the State Planning Policy and Mapping here.

Capricorn Municipal Development Guidelines                                                                                                                                                 

The Capricorn Municipal Development Guidelines provides guidance on procedures and outlines the engineering drawings and specifications which are adopted by Council for use in development. Council's development conditions, which form part of a Decision Notice Approval, may specify compliance with different sections of the Capricorn Municipal Design Guidelines

Exemption Certificates                                                                                                                                                                                     

Under section 46 of the Planning Act 2016, Council may provide, in limited circumstances, an exemption from a development application, if;

  1. the effects of the development would be minor or inconsequential, considering the circumstances under which the development was categorised as assessable development;
  2. the development was categorised as assessable development only because of particular circumstances that no longer apply;
  3. the development was categorised as assessable development because of an error.
It is recommended that contact made with the Duty Planner to discuss if an Exemption Certificate is applicable.
Log a customer enquiry with the Duty Planner online or call (07) 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919 to make an appointment.  

To lodge a request for Council to consider an exemption:

View the fact sheet on exemption certificates for more information.