Development Applications


Duty Planner Service
Council’s Development Assessment Unit provides a general enquiry service for planning related matters. Provided that customers have a clear idea of what they want to do, the Duty Planner will be able to assist them with what Council controls apply to their proposal and answer any questions they may have about the process.
 
Talking to the Duty Planner is a good starting point and should help you to decide if your proposal will be acceptable to Council, or if you need to reconsider aspects of the proposal. 

It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Duty Planner so that sufficient time can be allocated for your enquiry,  You can make an appointment by visiting our Development and Planning request online under Customer Services.
 
The Duty Planner is available between the hours of 8:30am to 12:30pm weekdays and the Duty Planner Office is located at 4 Lagoon Place (formally 70 Anzac Parade), Yeppoon 

You can also obtain written advice by posting a letter to PO Box 2292, Yeppoon Qld 4703 or visit our Development and Planning request online under Customer Services.


  1. Application Process
  2. Exempt Development
  3. Pre-Lodgement Meeting
The planning and development assessment system under the Planning Act 2016 sets out a standard process to ensure development applications are assessed and decided consistently and transparently, in accordance with community expectations as set out in the local planning scheme. Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning provides a fact sheet,  to help understand the development assessment process. 

Refer to the following resources
There are five key parts of the formal development assessment process:

Pre-lodgement (voluntary but advisable)

While pre-lodgement is not part of the formal development assessment process, contacting the assessment manager (and any referral agencies that may be involved) before lodging an application is always a good idea. This will identify any potential issues or additional information requirements that can help the application track through the system smoothly.

The state government, through the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA), offers a free pre-lodgement service. Livingstone Shire Council offers a free pre-lodgement service as they are committed to providing quality service to their customers.  

Step 1 - Application 
Refer to the following resources for more information to help you with lodging your development application. 
Refer to Development application - Lodgement - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
 
Step 2 - Referral 
Refer to Development assessment process - Referrals - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 3 - Information Request 
Visit Development assessment process - Information Request - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 4 - Public Notification
Visit Development assessment process - Public notification - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 5  - Decision 
Visit Development assessment process - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Appealing a decision (optional)
Visit Development assessment process - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.