The Banana Shire Council is responsible for undertaking land use planning and development control including administering its current planning schemes and ensuring new development is carried out in a fair, orderly and sustainable manner.
A planning scheme provides future direction and guides the way development occurs in a local government area. They can help Council to:
- ensure that there is enough land available for housing, parks, community facilities, industry and business uses
- ensure that incompatible land uses do not impact on one another
- ensure development is designed and carried out appropriately
- protect resources such as waterways, vegetation and agricultural land
- provide more efficient infrastructure such as water, sewerage and road networks.
The Banana Shire Council presently administers two planning schemes:
Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution
Following amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 in June 2011, Council established an ‘Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution' that allows Council to levy charges on new development, to recoup the cost of infrastructure to service new developments.
On 5 March 2013, Council made ‘Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (Version No. 1).
Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution
The Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 1) 2013 was advertised on 11 April 2013 in the Chinchilla News and on 12 April 2013 in the Central Telegraph newspapers.
Council is responsible for the statutory function of processing development applications for assessable development under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Council's planning schemes and the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 detail when a development application is required.
Development Application Forms can be downloaded from the Department of Infrastructure and Planning's website.
Development Application Fees and Charges can be viewed here.
Making a submission on a Development Application
A submission is a written comment about a development application made by any interested member of the community (for example, person, group or organisation) about a development application.
Further information on making a submission about a development application please view the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning Factsheet available here
For certain development types in particular zones the level of assessment may be described as self-assessable. Self-assessable development does not require a development application under the Council's planning scheme. However, self-assessable development must comply with the relevant assessment criteria stated in the planning scheme.
If you wish to confirm that your proposal is self-assessable please contact the Council.
In most circumstances self-assessable development will require approval for building works which can be sought from a building certifier (Private or Council).
Current Development Applications
Planning Enquiry and Pre-lodgement Meetings
Council provides a free planning enquiry and pre-lodgement meeting service.
A pre-lodgement meeting provides the opportunity for applicants to discuss a proposal prior to lodging a formal development application. This will usually involve consideration of preliminary plans and details as well as the identification of any issues.
A pre-lodgement meeting is not suitable for general enquiries.
If you are ready for a pre-lodgement meeting please complete and send in the Pre-lodgement Request Form.
Public Access to Planning and Development Information
The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 requires a local government to make certain planning and development information available for inspection or inspection and purchase.
Should you wish to access such information please contact contact Council on (07) 49929500 or email@example.com.
Planning and development certificates are also available including:
- Limited planning and development certificate (s738, SPA) – includes:
- summary of provisions of planning scheme applying specifically to the premises i.e. zone, overlays and infrastructure charges schedule.
- any State planning regulatory provisions that apply.
- any designations that apply.
- Standard planning and development certificate (s739, SPA) – includes:
Limited planning and development certificate information.
copies of statutory notices including any ‘decision notice' issued for the premises.
Full planning and development certificate (s740, SPA) – includes:
- Limited and standards planning and development certificate information.
- statements about the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of conditions of approval.
- details of prosecutions for development offences.
If you would like to find out full details on what is provided under each type of planning and development certificate please refer to the relevant sections of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 available here.
To request a planning and development certificate please complete this form Town Planning Request Form.