Council is responsible for the statutory function of processing development applications for assessable development under the Planning Act 2016.
If you are building or changing the way you use your land you may need a development application and/or a building permit.
Development application relate to the use of land in accordance with the planning scheme. A development application allows land to be subdivided, developed or used for a particular purpose, such as the use and construction of a house and any associated works; tree removal or to operate a business or other commercial activity.
When a development application is required, it will need to be approved prior to a building permit being issued. A building permit must be consistent with requirements of the development application.
Prior to commencing any works talk to a planner to see if a development application is required, and then find a building team to discuss obtaining a building permit.
Visit the Queensland Government's website to download Development Application Forms.