Properly made application

When preparing your application you must meet the requirements of Section 51 of the Planning Act 2016 (PA) for your application to be considered properly made. If your application does not meet these criteria, the application cannot proceed through the development assessment process to a decision.

Applications must be:

  • lodged with the approved development assessment form
  • lodged with the appropriate fee (set by Brisbane City Council)
  • accompanied (where required) by the written consent of the owner of the land.

Applications should include all supporting information (stated on the form as mandatory information).

Find out more about these requirements and supporting information by referring to the Lodging a properly made application fact sheet.

Not properly made action notice

The Development Assessment Rules (DA Rules) Section 3.1 states that if the application is considered not properly made, the assessment manager must give the applicant an action notice. This notice will state the following:

  • the application is not a properly made application
  • the actions required to be compiled with to be a properly made application.

The applicant has 20 business days, or any further period agreed to, to comply with an action notice. Upon completion of the actions, the applicant must give a notice to the Council stating that the action notice has been complied with.

Council will then consider whether the action notice has been complied with and issue a Confirmation Notice if satisfied that the application is properly made.  

Failure to comply with an action notice within the timeframe will result in the application being taken to have not been made. 

Incomplete applications

If a planning application is incomplete  at the time of lodgement, Council will contact the applicant to ensure that all necessary application material is provided and the application is  properly made. This will occur prior to Council issuing a not properly made action notice. This may require the applicant to submit amended plans, additional reports and additional fees.

The requirements of Brisbane City Plan 2014 may call for additional detailed information in order to allow the application to be properly assessed and decided. In this case an information request may be issued, causing further delay.


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