Assessment Stage 3: Information request
Under the Planning Act 2016, unless an applicant has advised that they do not agree to accept an information request, Brisbane City Council may request further information via an information request within the following timeframes:
- for impact assessable applications and code assessable applications - 10 business days of a confirmation notice being issued; or
- for code assessable applications - 10 business days following the completion of the application part of the Development Assessment Rules
The Planning Act 2016 allows Council to seek an extension of this timeframe by written agreement between Council and the applicant.
External referral agencies can also make an information request. These requests are sent directly to the applicant, with a copy forwarded to the Council assessment manager.
Below are some examples of the types of information that may be identified in an information request:
- investigations into potential flooding and/or overland flow
- stormwater disposal and lawful point of discharge
- unclear or insufficient plans provided to assess the development
- adequately responding to relevant Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) Codes
- site access, parking and manoeuvring
- investigation of acoustic impacts
- lack of justification for removal of vegetation
- investigation of acid sulphate soils.
It is useful to contact the assessment manager to discuss the information request to ensure that all the matters are resolved.
The Planning Act 2016 allows applicants three months from the date of the information request to send the information response to the assessment manager. However, all information requested should be submitted to Council as soon as possible to enable a timely decision. This time period may be extended by agreement.
If the application was lodged as a result of an enforcement notice, or in response to a show cause notice, then the applicant must respond to the information request within three months. No extension of this time period is allowed under the Planning Act 2016.