Have your say on development applications
Anyone can formally submit comments to Brisbane City Council to support or oppose a development application. These comments are called 'submissions'.
You can make a submission on any type of development application. However, the legal right to appeal Council's decision is only possible on impact assessable applications and change applications advertised for comment.
Find out how to have your say on developments in Brisbane:
- Grounds for a submission
- When to lodge a submission
- How to make a properly made submission
- Preparing your submission
- Lodging your submission
- After lodging your submission
Council needs to understand the reasons behind your submission. For example, if you think the type of development proposed for your area is unsuitable, you need to say why it is unsuitable - not simply that you don't like it.
It is important to focus on planning issues such as:
- whether the proposed use is consistent with the intent for the area as expressed in Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan)
- whether the scale and design of the proposed development is compatible with surrounding development
- how the development addresses the street and interfaces with adjoining properties
- any potential traffic and car parking issues associated with the development
- hours of operation (for commercial activities)
- how the development may impact on drainage patterns in the area
- how the development fits with any objective of City Plan to protect and enhance the natural environment.
Development applications advertised for comment have a notification period. You must lodge your submission before the closing date. Submissions received after the closing date do not have appeal rights. The dates of the notification period are communicated:
- on advertising sign/s at the property subject to the application
- in a notice in a local newspaper; and
- in letters to adjoining owners.
Council cannot consider anonymous submissions. To be a valid submitter to a development application, a submission must be properly made in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act 2016. Council publishes all submissions on PD Online for viewing along with the planning application.
To avoid having your personal details published, Council recommends using PD Online for your submission. Submissions lodged in other ways are generally published online in their entirety, including name, address and signature. Once an application is decided, the name and address of all submitters is provided to the applicant in accordance with legislation. This information is also available to other submitters.
Assessment managers consider all submissions when assessing an application. Only properly made submissions will have the legal right to appeal Council’s decision through the Planning and Environment Court.
A properly made submission must:
- be made electronically using PD Online or in writing and signed by each person who made the submission
- include the name and residential address of each person who is making the submission
- state what aspects of the plan or proposed development you support or oppose and why
- provide an email address of each person who is making the submission
- be received by Council before the closing date for submissions.
Council's PD Online makes it easy to submit a properly made submission. In PD Online, you can view all the documents and plans for a development proposal and lodge your submission. You will receive immediate confirmation that your submission has been received.
Before preparing your submission, you need to see the application and plans. The most convenient way to view a planning application is via PD Online. All planning applications can be accessed by any person.
Getting help with your submission
Many submitters prepare their own submission. However, some engage the services of a planning consultant to help prepare an effective submission. A planning consultant can undertake a review of City Plan and the proposed development to help identify and explain the most relevant issues to include in a submission. You can find a planning consultant by visiting the Planning Institute of Australia website.
- allows you to research, prepare and lodge a properly made submission on a development application
- is an easy, safe and convenient way to lodge your submission.
Find out more about lodging a submission via PD Online or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
Submissions lodged using PD Online will be acknowledged immediately.
Viewing or changing submissions
You can check the status of an application and view your submission and others at any time by searching for it via PD Online. It is possible to amend or revise your submission before the closing date for submissions. You can withdraw your submission up until Council makes its final decision.
Council considers all submissions when assessing a planning application.
For impact assessable applications and change applications, Council advises the decision made to:
- everyone who wrote a properly made submission; or
- the first person on the list of 'submitters' for properly made submissions submitted by several people, including any petitions lodged as a properly made submission.
This advice will occur following the applicant's appeal period of 20 business days after the decision.
For all submissions lodged on other development types, each submitter is notified at the time the decision is made.
Submitters have the legal right to appeal Council’s decision on an impact assessable application through the Planning and Environment Court. Council will advise the time period for an appeal submission to all valid submitters.