Planning and Development

Application Process
The Development Application Process - Application Lodgement, Referral, Public Notice, Assessment, Application Changes (Post-Approval)

Types of Applications

There are currently four types of development applications: Building Works Assessable against Planning Scheme, Material Change of Use (MCU), Operational Works (Ops Works), and Reconfiguring a Lot (ROL). 

Development & Town Planning Advice

Tips from the Development and Town Planning Team: Duty Planner Service - free general planning, property advice and pre-lodgement discussions. The Duty Planner can also help with zoning your land, the appropriateness of a development, planing scheme info, application documentation, feed and charges, how the process works, planning interpretation (e.g. site constraints), provision of alternatives and acceptable solutions. Getting further advice, making an appointment, location of duty planner, are all also on this page. 

Pre-lodgement Meeting

Pre-lodgement Meeting: what is it? Setting up a meeting.

Development Control Unit

New Development Applications will go to the Development Control Unit meeting (held every Wednesday). In this meeting the development officers will discuss the application and, depending on the complexity of it, will try and approve it 'with standard conditions'. This is the fast track. All other applications will go to the relevant officer for further assessment. 

Exempt Development
Exempt Development - developments in residential zones may be exempt, enclosed fact sheet outlines if the residential zone does not require an MCU (Material Change of Use) for the development permit. 

Building Over or Near Relevant Infrastructure 
The Building over or near relevant infrastructure page on our website includes information such as approval process, Queensland Development Code, Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, Compliance Certificate, building permit, pre-construction CCTV inspection, compliance permit, construction works, assessment easement documentation.

Notification and Submissions

If you have a comment on a development application, you are entitled to make a written submission as a resident. Refer to the Properly Made Submission Fact Sheet on information for how to make a Properly Made Submission (Objection or Support). 


The Building Act 1975 dictates that a Demolition or Removal Approval be issued prior to any work being conducted. 

Lodge Your Application

Please ensure you application is Properly Made before submitting to LSC to prevent delays. You can submit applications electronically, by post or delivered to one of LSCs Customer Service Offices. Please do not email and post your application, this may result in issues with your lodgement. There is no need to supply multiple copies of the application, one copy is sufficient. 

Development Forums
Development Forums are held with Council development staff and the development community. The Forums are an opportunity for collaborative discussions between key stakeholders on development, planning, project and process matters and seek to build relationships and enhance communication.

If you want to be added to the development forum email distribution list please email or contact the Duty Planner for further information.

The last Development Forum was held on Tuesday 27 June 2017. The information posters that were presented at this Forum are available for download.