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Development applications must be lodged with the assessment manager for your application. The Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, schedule 6, will assist you in determining the assessment manager for your application.

Local government will generally be the assessment manager if your application is for development completely in a single local government area and involving the following types of development:

  • development made assessable under the planning scheme
  • building work that is assessable under the Building Act 1975 (note: a private certifier may act as the assessment manager for a building works application)
  • reconfiguring a lot (e.g. subdivisions)
  • operational work associated with reconfiguring a lot.

Under SARA, the department can also be the assessment manager. Development applications where the state is the assessment manager through SARA, can be lodged via the MyDAS system. The SARA team also accepts lodgement by post or email, or in hard copy delivered to your local regional office. However, note that it may take up to five business days to process applications lodged via these means.

Ensuring your application is properly made

Whichever way you submit your application, you must ensure that all of the relevant information is included. Failure to provide all of this information may result in your application not being a properly made application.

If an application is not properly made it may not be accepted and the assessment manager must give you notice that the application has not been properly made, and information about how to remedy this. If you do not remedy a deficient application within the relevant timeframe, the application will lapse.

For certain types of applications, the assessment manager is required to give you an acknowledgement notice, stating that your application has been received.

The assessment manager must also keep a range of documents available for inspection and/or purchase for each application.

If your application is complex, it is recommended that you seek advice from a professional builder, developer or planner.

Download the fact sheet on how to ensure your application is properly made.

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.